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2019 NECP National Development Webinar

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Emergency Communications (OEC) seeks your knowledge on issues affecting public safety communications to inform updates to the 2019 National Emergency Communication Plan (NECP). Stakeholder input is key to ensuring critical issues are considered and addressed during the revision period.

OEC Releases New Studies on Border Communications

The Department of Homeland Security Office of Emergency Communications (OEC) Border Interoperability Demonstration Project (BIDP) was a one-time $25.5 million grant program that focused on identifying innovative solutions to interoperability along the northern and southern U.S. borders.  While the grant program has closed, OEC remains focused on transferring BIDP information and knowledge to all border communities and other interested parties.  In addition to a closeout report and the BIDP Study on Implementing Interoperability Channels along and across the United States–Canadian Border, as well as the BIDP Study on Rural and Urban Area Interoperability Solutions along and across International Borders, OEC published two additional studies

Release of FY 2018 SAFECOM Guidance on Emergency Communications Grants

On behalf of the Office of Emergency Communications (OEC), I am pleased to present the Fiscal Year 2018 SAFECOM Guidance on Emergency Communications Grants (SAFECOM Guidance).  This document is updated annually to provide current information on emergency communications policies, eligible costs, best practices, and technical standards for state, local, tribal, and territorial grantees investing federal funds in emergency communications projects.

S&T FRG 30 Day Public Comment Period for Revised SDOC Templates

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) Office for Interoperability and Compatibility (OIC) continues its efforts to streamline the Suppliers’ Declaration of Compliance (SDOC) and Summary Test Report (STR) templates in an effort to make P25 CAP documentation more useful to end users as well as reduce the burden on manufacturers and P25 CAP recognized laboratories. The latest versions of the SDOC templates can be found below.

S&T FRG P25 CAP TIA Briefing

The Project 25 Compliance Assessment Program (CAP) is a part of DHS Science and Technology Directorate (S&T).

The following is the P25 CAP briefing for the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) presented at the February 2018 Compliance Assessment Process & Procedures Task Group (CAPPTG) meeting.

A first responder searching in a fire.

First Responders

In close partnership with first responders at all levels, S&T identifies, validates, and facilitates the fulfillment of needs through the use of existing and emerging technologies, knowledge products, and standards.

S&T FRG Industry Response to Encryption Requirements CAB

DHS OIC, with permission from each manufacturer, is making the correspondence received available. The manufacturers’ correspondence explains, in each manufacturer’s own words, the process each manufacturer is using to bring its equipment into compliance with the Encryption Requirements CAB and the process each manufacturers’ customers would follow to ensure the equipment they are going to purchase or have already purchased would be or would be made P25 CAP Compliant. If you have specific questions about the processes outlined in a letter please contact the respective manufacturer.  If you have questions about the Encryption Requirements CAB please contact


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