Enhancing Communications Interoperability: General Guidance and Recommendations for Interoperability-related Governance [open pdf - 696KB]
"SAFECOM is a communications program of the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Office for Interoperability and Compatibility (OIC). SAFECOM provides--with its federal partners--research, guidance, tools, and templates on communications-related issues to local, tribal, state, and federal public safety agencies. SAFECOM believes that any successful effort to improve public safety communications interoperability must take into account the views of first responders on the front lines in large, small, rural, and urban communities across this Nation. This document presents general information about the role, structure, and operations of governing bodies charged with improving communications interoperability at the local, regional, tribal, or state level. Material and information presented here should be viewed as general guidance that individual communities should consider in establishing interoperability-related governance that reflects their specific needs. The material is organized as follows: 1, New Perspectives on Governance: An explanation of why sound governance is important, some common barriers to setting up governance structures, and how governance relates to the overall challenge of achieving communications interoperability. 2. The SAFECOM Approach: An overview of the general principles for sound governance developed and promulgated by SAFECOM. 3. Recommended Governance Structure: Characteristics of successful governance models, characteristics of effective bylaws, examples of governance roles and responsibilities, and a discussion of performance measures. 4. Conclusion: A summary of the general governance recommendations. 5. Appendix A: Governance in Action: A discussion of the lessons learned and methods used for communications interoperability governance models used by communities across the country."