Creating a Charter for a Multi-Agency Communications Interoperability Committee: Template and Questions to Consider   [open pdf - 947KB]

"With its Federal partners, SAFECOM and Disaster Management (DM) provides research, development, testing and evaluation, guidance, tools, and templates on communications-related issues to local, tribal, state, and Federal emergency response agencies. As communication programs of the Department of Homeland Security's Office for Interoperability and Compatibility, SAFECOM and DM are managed by the Science and Technology Directorate. OIC helps the public safety community and local, tribal, state, and Federal policy makers address critical elements for success as they plan and implement interoperability solutions. OIC works with the public safety community to encourage a shift from a technology-centric approach to a comprehensive focus on improving interoperability. Although technology is critical for improving interoperability, other elements, including governance, standard operating procedures, training and exercises, and usage of interoperable communications, play a vital role. To assist this shift to a comprehensive focus on interoperability, SAFECOM worked with public safety practitioners and local communities to develop a comprehensive framework called the Interoperability Continuum […]. SAFECOM developed the Interoperability Continuum in accordance with its locally driven philosophy and its practical experience in working with communities across the Nation. The Continuum visually depicts the core facets of interoperability according to the stated needs and challenges of the public safety community and aids the efforts of public safety practitioners and policy makers to improve interoperability. One of OIC's goals is to provide the public safety community with tools to improve all aspects of the Continuum. This tool focuses on the Governance element of the Continuum, specifically to help communities that are interested in creating a charter document for their multi-agency interoperability committee."

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