As part of the National Emergency Communications Plan (NECP), the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Emergency Communications (OEC) directed each State and territory in the United States to identify a central coordination point for interoperable emergency communications efforts. In response to this directive, the District appoints a Statewide Interoperability Coordinator (SWIC) to handle interoperable communications of voice, data, and video throughout the District.
The SWIC’s also involves developing and delivering reports and briefings, coordinating interoperability and communications projects, assembling interoperability working groups to develop key recommendations and programmatic implementation, overseeing interoperability websites, managing the development and content of interoperability newsletters, working with legislators and Governor’s offices on interoperable communications legislation issues, and building relationships with those involved in the State’s interoperability efforts.
The SWIC’s roles and responsibilities can be broken up in to 6 categories.
- Overseeing the daily operation of the District’s interoperability efforts and coordinating interoperability and communications projects within the District and NCR;
- During EOC activations, the SWIC implements event communication plans and provides key ICS communication coordination and support;
- Liaise among the Federal government, State agencies and officials, bordering States, regional and local emergency response community (including UASIs), and tribal nations.
- Assist with the implementation of the District of Columbia’s Statewide Communication Interoperability Plan (SCIP) and updating and implementing the District’s SCIP Plan by leveraging all components of the statewide governance structure to facilitate the development and update of the SCIP;
- Drive and coordinate the effort to implement the SCIP by setting timelines and project plans for making progress against the initiatives.
- Maintaining governance structures;
- Establishing a Statewide Interoperability Governing Body (SIGB), or other formalized, statewide governance systems. Coordinate closely with these statewide governance entities by seeking guidance and recommendations from the joint efforts of governance members, State agencies, and regional entities to provide a unified approach across disciplines and jurisdictions that ultimately support funding, informed and effective decision making, and communications interoperability.
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