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  1. Commonwealth of Virginia Interoperable Communications The Governor’s Office of Commonwealth Preparedness The Office of Commonwealth Preparedness was first created by Governor Warner’s Executive Order 07 (02), continued by Executive Order 69 (04), and is responsible for translating vision into reality by synchronizing actions, both public and private, and by insuring that financial resources are being expended on shared statewide preparedness goals. The Office’s role is one of policy, coordination, leadership and resource allocation between agencies of state government entrusted with public safety and security responsibilities. The Office serves as a direct liaison between the Governor and Virginia’s local governments and first responders on issues of emergency preparedness. It helps educate the public on homeland security issues and responds to inquiries for support and guidance. The CICO reports directly to the Assistant to the Governor for Commonwealth Preparedness and facilitates the development of the state’s overarching strategy for communications interoperability. • To address the issues surrounding first responder communications interoperability, the Commonwealth of Virginia underwent a strategic planning process in partnership with DHS’ SAFECOM Program and DOJ’s NIJ to develop an interoperability governance structure and Strategic Plan. From this process the Commonwealth established a dedicated office, the Commonwealth Interoperability Coordinator’s Office (CICO), to coordinate collaborative interoperability efforts for the state. Since its establishment in 2004, the CICO in conjunction with practitioners throughout the state have accomplished the following major activities: • Established practitioner-based Initiative Action Teams to focus on 800 MHz rebanding, common language and operational protocols, technical standards, mutual aide channels, the statewide 700 MHz Plan, and equipment listings on state contracts. • Distributed over $4.1Million for local interoperability projects. • Assisted localities in securing over $7.4 Million in interoperability grants. The Commonwealth Strategic Plan for Statewide Interoperable Communications The Statewide Plan is the guiding document for all interoperable communications activities. Virginia Code mandates the annual update of the Plan and statewide compliance to the Plan by 2015. The FY 2006 Plan presents 10 key initiatives to keep communications interoperability a high priority in the Commonwealth, encourage the utilization of common language and coordinated protocols statewide, leverage new and existing systems to increase efficiencies, and provide training to enhance effective use of communication systems. For more information: http://www.interoperability.publicsafety.virginia.gov/index.cfm or Chris Essid, CIC, chris.essid@governor.virginia.gov, (804) 225-3800