Interoperable Communications for First Responders: A Long Way to Go

The “$2.15 billion in grant funding” that the Homeland Security Department has “awarded to states and localities from 2003 through 2005 for communications interoperability enhancements … along with technical assistance, has helped to make improvements,” according to the Government Accountability Office. “However, states that GAO reviewed had generally not used strategic plans to guide investments toward broadly improving interoperability. Further, no national plan was in place to coordinate investments.” DHS requires statewide plans by the end of 2007 and is itself “required to implement a National Emergency Communications Plan. However, no process has been established for ensuring that states’ grant requests are consistent with their statewide plans.” [View abstract]

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