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Interoperability in Virginia


State Interoperability Executive Committee

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The State Interoperability Executive Committee (SIEC) works to bridge the gap in Virginia's emergency communications by identifying, evaluating and recommending interoperability solutions that include voice, data and incident management systems. Their goal is to maximize the protection of our cities, counties and the Commonwealth, regardless of political or geographical boundaries. This advisory committee is directly linked to the First Responder Interoperability Working Group being created to assist the Secure Virginia effort.

The Executive Committee is comprised of public safety responder associations, local government, law enforcement, fire, EMS and public health representatives – a deliberate mixture designed to foster an environment were interoperability strategies, issues and solutions can be openly discussed across jurisdictions and levels of government. The advisory group considers strategic and long-term solutions to interoperability. They also strive to keep others informed about interoperability projects so that working partnerships and support for the Statewide Interoperability Strategic Plan is better ensured.

You may get a list of current SIEC members here. The following groups have representatives on the Executive Committee:

  • Office of the Secretary of Public Safety
  • Office of Commonwealth Preparedness
  • Virginia Association of Counties
  • Virginia Municipal League
  • Virginia Fire Chiefs Association
  • Virginia Sheriffs Association
  • Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police
  • Virginia Association of Governmental EMS Administrators (VAGEMSA)
  • Commonwealth Interoperability Coordinators Office (CICO)
  • Statewide Agencies Radio System (STARS)
  • Virginia Military Advisory Committee (VMAC)
  • Virginia Information Technologies Agency (VITA)

The Executive Committee is supported by a larger State Interoperability Advisory Committee (SIAC or Advisory Committee). You may get a list of these members here. Their guidance incorporates the knowledge and expertise of representatives from the local, regional, state, and federal public safety and government practitioner community. The Advisory Committee meets in person on at least a semi-annual basis to review overall progress, as well as discuss and suggest priorities and initiatives for the Advisory and Executive Committees to address. Between meetings, and when appropriate, the Advisory Committee members may meet at Initiative Action Team levels. In addition, the CICO will track project initiatives and provide input to the SIAC members through e-mail, conference calls and other appropriate means.

The Advisory Committee includes all members of the Executive Committee (including their alternates). In addition, the Advisory Committee may include representatives of other public safety associations and federal agencies that provide direct and indirect support to the program.

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words . . .

View a graphic that shows the governance structure and relationships between the CICO, Executive Committee, Advisory Committee and Initiative Actions Teams.

 . . . But a Full Report is Good, Too

You may also peruse the full report on Virginia's governance structure:

Virginia Governance of Communications Interoperability
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