This is a factsheet about the Department of Homeland Security(DHS)'s Virtual USA Initiative. From the factsheet: "Nation's ability to seamlessly share information across localities, states and regions is still limited. To address this problem, the DHS Science and Technology (S&T) Directorate's Command, Control and Interoperability Division (CID), assisted by the First Responder Technologies program (R-Tech) created the Virtual USA initiative. Through this initiative, CID and R-Tech -more- Virtual USA Advancing Interoperability at All Levels are partnering with local, tribal, state, and Federal agencies to build on the shift away from proprietary, siloed systems toward standards-based, commodity-driven, open architecture technologies. This shift from proprietary systems allows technologies to connect more easily across disciplines and jurisdictions for emergency response operations."
U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS): http://www.dhs.gov/