Conference: March 27-31, 2017
Exhibits: March 29-30, 2017

Las Vegas Convention Center
Las Vegas, NV

In Partnership With

Town Hall Meeting 2: DHS and the Nation’s Governors Partner to Strengthen Interoperability Nationwide

  • Tuesday, 03/28/2017: 2:45 PM - 3:45 PM
  • Room: S229
  • Session Number:  TM2


In 2016, the DHS Office of Emergency Communications (OEC) and the National Governors Association (NGA) launched the Policy Academy on Enhancing Emergency Communications Interoperability.  Its mission is to address the constantly-evolving challenges of interoperability, so that when the next emergency strikes, we are fully prepared.  The Academy is helping states design specific strategies to strengthen interoperability plans, including assessing and formalizing governance structures and standard operating procedures.  This panel will discuss findings from the five workshops conducted through the NGA Academy in 2016, and recommendations scheduled to be released in 2017.  


    Jackita Bass

    Office of Emergency Communications
    US Department of Homeland Security

    Gordy Coles

    Statewide Interoperability Coordinator
    State of Utah

    GE McCabe

    Statewide Interoperability Coordinator
    State of West Virginia

    Jeffrey McLeod

    Division Director, Homeland Security & Public Safety Division
    National Governors Association