Assessing the Framework and Coordination of the National Emergency Communications Plan, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Emergency Communications, Preparedness, and Response of the Committee on Homeland Security, House of Representatives, One Hundred Tenth Congress, Second Session, July 15, 2008 [open pdf - 198KB]
From the opening statement of Henry Cuellar: "The subcommittee is meeting today to receive testimony regarding assessing the framework and the coordination of the National Emergency Communications Plan. Again, good morning to all of you all for being here with us. On behalf of the Members of the subcommittee, let me welcome our witnesses from the Department of Homeland Security, the State and local governments, the first responders community and the private sector. At the outset, I would like to again express my concern about the timeliness of receiving the witnesses' testimony, in particular the Department of-the Homeland-the committee rule requires that we receive testimony 48 hours in advance of the hearing so Members will have ample time to review and develop the follow-up questions. I hope this rule will be honored in the future. On a positive note, today's hearing will give the witnesses an opportunity to discuss emergency communications and the first-ever stand-alone interoperable grant program that the DHS authorized in Public Law 110-53, the Implementing the Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Act, or more simply known as the 9/11 Act. Since 2003, the Department of Homeland Security has awarded approximately $9.5 billion to State, territories, local and tribal governments to help them strengthen their preparedness and responsibilities before, during and after an incident. Of that amount, $2.9 billion has been spent on emergency communications, making it the single largest use of grant dollars." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Henry Cuellar, Charles W. Dent, Robert D. Jamison, Chris Essid, Richard Mirgon, Charles L. Werner, and Michael L. Alagna.
Serial No. 110-125
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