The Implementing Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Act of 2007 (P. L. No. 110-53) (PDF, 286 pages - 854 KB), authorized the DHS Office of Emergency Communications (OEC) to establish the Border Interoperability Demonstration Project (BIDP), a competitive grant program focused on developing innovative solutions to improve emergency communications in communities on the U.S.-Canadian and the U.S.-Mexican borders. The legislation authorized DHS to select no fewer than six communities to participate—at least three along the U.S.-Canadian border and at least three along the U.S.-Mexican border.
OEC selected seven projects involving multiple communities with varying geography and population densities to test new approaches to enhance interoperable communications capabilities in real-world conditions. The selected projects will test approaches that involve new technology or an innovative approach to governance, planning, coordination, training and exercises. The projects may serve as repeatable models for other border communities to achieve greater communications interoperability with domestic and international agencies. OEC is working with BIDP award recipients and communities to document lessons learned, capture challenges and successes, and share information with the emergency response community throughout the process.
OEC’s criteria for evaluating project proposals included the results of the DHS’s merit review process (as described in the BIDP Funding Opportunity Announcement) in conformance with overall legislative and programmatic BIDP goals, objectives, and priorities. The following projects were selected.
Border Interoperaberability Demonstration Project Selected Communities*
- City of Yuma, Arizona — $3,994,443 for the Yuma Full Voice and Data Integration Demonstration Project.
- San Diego Fire-Rescue, California — $3,852,580 for the Regional Command and Control Communications Tactical Border Communications Project.
- County of Washington, Maine — $3,963,163 for the Enhanced Communications Infrastructure and Partnerships for Border Security Project.
- Wayne County, Michigan — $4,000,000 for the Southeast Michigan Border Interoperability Solution Project.
- Flathead County, Montana — $3,895,425 for the Northern Tier Consortium Border Interoperability Demonstration Project.
- Lake County, Ohio — $3,998,200 for the Multi-Agency, Multi-Jurisdictional U.S. Regional & International Interoperable Communications Infrastructure and Maritime Domain Awareness Project.
- City of McAllen, Texas — $1,940,000 for the Rio Grande Valley Border Interoperability Regional Project.
* Estimated funding is subject to change pending final negotiations.
For specific questions, e-mail BIDP@hq.dhs.gov.