H.R.4119 - Improve Interoperable Communications for First Responders Act of 2005

To strengthen Federal leadership, provide grants, enhance outreach and guidance, and provide other support to State and local officials to achieve communications interoperability, to foster improved regional collaboration and coordination, to promote more efficient utilization of funding devoted to public safety communications, to promote research and development for first responder communications, and for other purposes. view all titles (2)

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  • Short: Improve Interoperable Communications for First Responders Act of 2005 as introduced.
  • Official: To strengthen Federal leadership, provide grants, enhance outreach and guidance, and provide other support to State and local officials to achieve communications interoperability, to foster improved regional collaboration and coordination, to promote more efficient utilization of funding devoted to public safety communications, to promote research and development for first responder communications, and for other purposes. as introduced.

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10/20/05
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Ronald Paul

R-TX

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Official Summary

Improve Interoperable Communications for First Responders Act of 2005 - Establishes an Office for Interoperability and Compatibility (OIC), headed by a Director, within the Directorate of Science and Technology of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Requires the OIC Director to: (1)

Official Summary

Improve Interoperable Communications for First Responders Act of 2005 - Establishes an Office for Interoperability and Compatibility (OIC), headed by a Director, within the Directorate of Science and Technology of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Requires the OIC Director to:
(1) assist the Secretary in developing and implementing the program to enhance public safety interoperable communications at all levels of government;
(2) carry out DHS responsibilities and authorities relating to the SAFECOM Program; and
(3) conduct extensive, nationwide outreach and foster the development of interoperable communications systems by state, local, and tribal governments and public safety agencies, and by regional consortia. Amends the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to direct the Secretary to conduct a nationwide assessment to determine the degree to which communications interoperability has been achieved to date, and to ascertain the remaining needs. Requires the Secretary to:
(1) establish a comprehensive research and development program to promote communications interoperability among first responders; and
(2) make grants to states and eligible regions for initiatives necessary to achieve short-tern or long-term solutions to statewide, regional, national, and where appropriate, international interoperability.

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