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Title: Public Safety Interoperable Communications Grant Program July 2007

Public Safety Interoperable Communications Grant
ProgramJuly 2007
Public Safety Interoperable Communications Grant
ProgramIntroductions Logistics
Public Safety Interoperable Communications Grant
  • Goals for overall program and today's workshop
  • Inform participants of the PSIC grant program
  • Understand your requirements
  • Initiate the data collection

GT Information Bulletin No. 248
  • Public Safety Interoperable Communications (PSIC)
    Grant Program
  • On February 16, 2007, the Department of Homeland
    Security (DHS) Office of Grants and Training and
    the National Telecommunications and Information
    Administration (NTIA) signed a Memorandum of
    Understanding (MOU) that will have DHS administer
    the Public Safety Interoperable Communications
    (PSIC) Grant Program.
  • The PSIC Grant Program will provide funding to
    qualified States and Territories in Fiscal Year
    (FY) 2007 to enable and enhance public safety
    agencies interoperable communications
  • This program is being implemented by DHS and NTIA
    in accordance with the Deficit Reduction Act of
    2005 and Call Home Act of 2006. DHS is providing
    this information in anticipation of the release
    of grant guidance in the coming months and
    issuance of grant awards by September 30, 2007,
    pursuant to the Call Home Act of 2006.

GT Information Bulletin No. 248
  • DHS will award approximately 960 million in
    grants Key features of the PSIC Grant Program
    will include
  •         PSIC grants will be awarded no later
    than September 30, 2007 and the period of
    performance is 36 months
  •         Up to 5 percent of the total funds
    available to ensure that Statewide
    Communications Interoperability Plans include
    PSIC Grant Program requirements
  •         Remaining funds will be contingent upon
    submission and peer review and federal approval
    of applications and investment justifications
  •         Funding can be used for the acquisition
    of, deployment of, or training for, the use of
    interoperable communications systems that use or
    enable interoperability with 764776 and
    794806 MHz frequency bands as well as other
    available technologies to advance overall public
    safety interoperability, interoperate with the
    700 MHz
  •         PSIC includes a statutory not-less-than
    20 percent match.
  • All States and Territories may submit preliminary
    Statewide Plans by September 30, 2007 for a
    mid-term review, and the final plans are due by
    November 1, 2007.

Report from Statewide Planning Team PSIC Workshop
  • Well positioned -Success to build on
  • Existing Collaborative Committee
  • Individuals with Expertise
  • Grant Guidance
  • COML Program
  • Short Term Interoperability Accomplishments

Report from Statewide Planning Team PSIC Workshop
  • Local Practitioner Driven
  • Involve Local, Tribal, State, Federal and other
  • High Level Sponsorship and Support
  • Collaborative Approach
  • Innovative Cost and Spectrum Efficient Solutions
  • Voice, Data, Video
  • Interoperable with 700 MHz

Interoperability Continuum
PSIC Funding
  • 960 Million allocated nationally - 56 states
    and territories
  • 20 Non-federal match requirement (may be in-kind
  • 5 Allowed for Statewide Plan Development
  • Must be spent on equipment and training
  • State and Local Eligibility
  • 80 of grant funds must directly benefit local
    and regional interoperable communications

Timeline - Highlights

March 2007 Plan criteria distributed Workshop held
Mid July 2007 Award announcements and guidance released
Sept. 30 2007 States submit preliminary plans (Must show how TICP area addressed their previous interoperability scorecard recommendations)
Nov. 1, 2007 Final plans and Investment justification submitted for peer review and federal approval
Sept. 30 2010 Date by which grant funding must be spent
Current Timeline of PSIC Activities to Meet Call
Home Act Requirements
  • May through November 2007

May June Initial Review of Grant Guidance
Package and Incorporate Input
Mid-August Receive States and Territories
Applications and Narratives
November 1 Receive States and Territories
Statewide Plans and Investment Justifications
September Review States and Territories
Applications and Narratives, and Award Funds by
September 28
June-July Review and Clearance of Grant Guidance
CT Public Safety Statewide Interoperability
Executive Committee
  • Created spring 2002 Formalized 2006
  • Committee meetings held monthly
  • Representation from Local, State, Federal
    agencies and organizations (voting and

Local Departments Organizations State Organizations Federal and Other partners
CT Fire Chiefs Assoc. EMS Advisory Board CT Emergency Managers Assoc. DEMHS Region 1 Local Rep. DEMHS Region 2 Local Rep. DEMHS Region 3 Local Rep. DEMHS Region 4 Local Rep. DEMHS Region 5 Local Rep. Local Police Departments Local Fire Departments Regional Communication Centers CT Assoc. of Police Chiefs Public Safety Information Technology Emergency Management and Homeland Security Military Department Public Health Corrections Environmental Protection Transportation Office of Statewide Emergency Telecommunications Judicial Dept. Commission on Fire Prevention and Control CT Urban Search Rescue USCG Homeland Security FBI US Attorney Urban Area Security Initiative New Haven Interoperable Communications Technical assistance Program Civil Air Patrol
Michael Varney DOIT Co-Chair CSPSIEC, PSIC Team Lead, IAFC Emergency Management Committee
George Pohorilak OSET Director of OSET Chair, New England 800/700 MHz Planning Committees
William Hackett DEMHS Co-Chair CSPSIEC, Member DHS National Interoperability Communications Committee
George Carbonell DOT DOT Communications Supervisor, National Alternate on NPSTC from AASHTO (State Highway Transportation)Chair CSPSIEC Technical WG
John Gustafson CMED New Haven Executive Director Metro Multi-discipline Communications Center Chair CT Region 2, ESF 2
Keith Victor CREPC Chair CT Region 3, ESF 2 Peer evaluator nationally for DHS TICP program
Bernard ODonnell DOIT Director of Communication Services
Sheree Bruce Consultant
William Kramer Consultant
William OConnell Consultant
PSIC Team Actions to Date
  • Designate DEMHS as the State Administrative Agent
  • Request Technical Assistance from the
    Interoperable Communications Technical
    Assistance Program (ICTAP)
  • Statewide Communications Interoperability Plan
    (SCIP) Steering Group to develop short term
    project plan and detailed budget to meet
    September 30, 2007 goal.
  • Hire consultants to assist with data collection,
    facilitation and writing of the Statewide Plan
    and the remaining Tactical Interoperable
    Communications Plans

  • Steering Group and Statewide Communications
    Interoperability Plan (SCIP) Team to Draft SCIP,
    PSIC Grant and Investment Justifications
  • Statewide Interoperability Executive Committee
    and DEMHS Coordinating Council give review and
    give feedback
  • Approved by Commissioner Thomas as the SAA and
    submitted to DHS.

SCIP Criteria
  • Purpose
  • To assist this process and to ensure all states
    include the essential components of a statewide
    plan, the criteria of what must be included in
    the communications interoperability plan have
    been developed. The criteria were formulated with
    input from local and state practitioners.

SCIP Criteria
  • Background and preliminary steps
  • Strategy
  • Methodology
  • Governance
  • Technology
  • Standard Operating Procedures
  • Training and Exercises
  • Usage
  • Funding
  • Implementation

  • Questions?

  • What barriers do you see to achieve

  • Do you need to change your current capabilities?
    what will happen if you do not?

  • Do you have an operable voice/data communications
    system for your organization?

  • Do you have communication interoperability with
    organizations in which you work with on a regular

  • Do you have sufficient interoperability
    communications? SOPs/Training/Exercises

  • If a significant event were to occur in your
    jurisdiction how would you communicate with all
    response agencies?

Public Safety Land Mobile Radio Spectrum Bands

764-776 806-824 4940
MHz 25-50 150-174
220-222 470-512 794-806 851-869
Requires TV Clearing
4.9 GHz
in most urban areas
New Public Safety
(TV Channels 60-69)
Broadband Spectrum
Tactical Interoperable Communications Plan
  • Defined as the rapid provision of on-scene,
  • mission critical voice communications among all
  • responder (EMS, fire, and law enforcement)
    agencies, as
  • appropriate for the incident, and in support of
  • Command and Operations Section personnel as
    defined in the
  • NIMS model
  • Objective is to achieve adequate communication
    within an hour of an incident
  • Project included governance, equipment
    inventories, plan development and training,
    tested by progressive exercises.
  • Southwest Connecticut (Norwalk) is initial site,
    program to be replicated throughout CT five
  • FY 2005 Requirement, initially tested December

Contact Information
  • Fax Number 860-291-8651
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