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Federal Partnership for Interoperable Communications. Leveraging State and Local Capabilities Through the Federal Partnership for Interoperable Communications. March 29, 2007. Current Topic. FPIC Background and Overview Activities and Accomplishments Federal Partnerships.
March 29, 2007
Simply stated—the FPIC is the envisioned catalyst for the implementation of priorities raised by the entire federal wireless communications community
* State and local agencies participate as advisory members
FPIC participants have experience or responsibilities in the following areas—
Radio Communications Managers
IT and Land Mobile Radio Specialists
State and local public safety officials participate as advisory members to bring their relevant expertise and perspective of communications issues
FPIC members may designate a contractor to attend meetings with them or on their behalf if they are unable to regularly attend
Government representatives must complete a contractor authorization form and contractors must sign a non-disclosure agreement before attending meetings
FPIC encourages federal, state, and local agencies to participate in its activities and to identify interoperability concerns
FPIC provides a central point of contact for the federal wireless communications community to other organizations—
Advisory and regulatory bodies request input and recommendations reflecting the federal community’s perspective
State Interoperability Executive Committees or similar state councils request federal representation on their committees
State and local interoperability projects request federal participation in their activities
FPIC coordinates federal partnerships with state and local interoperability projects that promote the exchange of knowledge and resources
Joint interoperability projects typically require in-kind contributions such as—
Shared radio sites, and
Operational expertise (e.g., encryption key management, standard operating procedures)
Federal agencies may not be able to contribute all of the necessary portions on their own, but as a whole, FPIC members can negotiate partnerships by leveraging several agencies’ available resources
Existing FPIC Partnerships
Advisory Members to FPIC
Federal Representative on State Council
On-going FPIC Initiatives
Planned FPIC Initiatives
The FPIC sponsors regional communications working groups to provide guidance within specific geographical areas
Charleston Communications Working Group
Gulf Coast Communications Working Group (planned)
The FPIC supports interoperability assistance projects by identifying available spectrum, collecting requirements, procuring equipment, addressing policy issues, and collaborating agreements among federal, state, and local agencies
Tampa Bay, Florida
These projects will establish technical interoperability models, adapt policy to better facilitate interoperability, and allow federal users access to statewide systems
The FPIC acts as the representative group of a significant segment of the federal users that has been able to provide much needed federal input into the standards development process
Fills one of three federal representative positions on the P25 Steering Committee
Sent user representatives to the Institute of Telecommunication Sciences (ITS) facility in Boulder, Colorado, to conduct vocoder testing in partnership with SAFECOM
Successfully petitioned the P25 Steering Committee to put the Console Interface and Fixed-Station Interface on the same priority level as the Inter Sub-Systems Interface, which was at the forefront of the standards development efforts
Actively leading the P25 Compliance Assessment Process and Procedure Task Group (CAPPTG) that is developing conformance and interoperability tests for P25 standards, in close collaboration with SAFECOM, ITS, and NIST–Office of Law Enforcement Standards
Recognized as the user authority on encryption, FPIC identified interoperability issues and recommended improvements for over-the-air rekeying (OTAR) and key management to revise the standards
Within Spectrum Policy, the FPIC makes recommendations to the FCC and NTIA on issues effecting the federal wireless community
Filed comments to FCC WT Docket 05-157, representing the federal agency needs for additional federal, state, and local shared interoperable broadband public safety spectrum in the upper 700 MHz band
The FPIC comments were vital in articulating future interoperable spectrum needs for its membership, and were included in the December 2005 FCC Report to Congress
Informed federal and non-federal users of the impact of the mandated transition from data encryption standard (DES) and to advanced encryption standard (AES)
Submitted a letter to NIST that detailed the cost of this transition and recommended that the transition timeline be moved to coincide with the existing narrowband conversion timetable
Drafted an advisory letter for the state and local public safety community at their request to ensure that this information is factored in when planning upgrades and new procurements
ALMR Schedule provided by the ALMR website (http://www.ak-prepared.com/almr/).
Interoperability Montana (IM) system map provided by the IM website (http://interop.mt.gov/).
South Dakota mobile statewide coverage map provided by the South Dakota website (http://www.state.sd.us/bit/tele/index.asp).
WyoLink mobile statewide coverage provided by the WyoLink website (http://wyolink.state.wy.us/).
Chair, Federal Partnership for Interoperable Communications (FPIC)
FPIC Program Support
Definition: P25 is a collection of documents standardizing common interfaces between equipment in an LMR system