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									       Federal Partnership for
   Interoperable Communications




 Leveraging State and Local Capabilities Through the
Federal Partnership for Interoperable Communications
                     March 29, 2007


                         Federal Partnership for Interoperable Communications
Current Topic


 FPIC Background and Overview

 Activities and Accomplishments

 Federal Partnerships




                                   Federal Partnership for Interoperable Communications
The FPIC serves as a coordination body to address technical and
operational issues relative to interoperability within the federal
wireless communications community

Mission—
 – To address federal wireless communications interoperability by fostering
   intergovernmental cooperation and identifying and leveraging common synergies

Goals—
  – Act as communicating agent to federal users about mission critical wireless
    communications issues and coordinate a unified federal approach
  – Coordinate with member departments and agencies to develop recommendations
    from a federal perspective to appropriate advisory and regulatory bodies*
  – Identify and enhance wireless communications interoperability capabilities within
    the Federal Government and coordinate these efforts with ongoing/existing state
    and local interoperability programs, in coordination with SAFECOM and Grants &
    Training




 * Examples include SAFECOM, standards development organizations, and National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

                                                       Federal Partnership for Interoperable Communications
To achieve the FPIC mission and goals, the members meet a series
of agreed upon objectives

Objectives—
  – Foster partnerships among federal, state, and local agencies that promote the
    exchange of knowledge and resources among the members;
  – Lead efforts in concert with appropriate agencies in the creation and maintenance of a
    federal roadmap to achieve wireless communications interoperability across federal
    departments, bureaus, and agencies;
  – Provide federal user input to organizations addressing state and local interoperability
    activities (e.g., Grants & Training and SAFECOM) as appropriate;
  – Identify issues and articulate a unified FPIC position relative to the development of
    standards and specifications (e.g., Project 25 standards development);
  – Identify issues and develop a unified FPIC position relative to security, standards, and
    spectrum that impact federal interoperability and interaction with state and local agencies;
    and
  – Serve as the federal wireless communications community’s liaison to industry, periodically
    obtaining technical updates and equipment reviews from vendors.


 Simply stated—the FPIC is the envisioned catalyst for the implementation of
 priorities raised by the entire federal wireless communications community


                                              Federal Partnership for Interoperable Communications
 The FPIC membership consists of 44 federal entities representing
 more than 200 participants*
  Participating Departments                  Entities Within Department                    Participating Departments               Entities Within Department
                                   Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and                                                  Joint Spectrum Management Office
                                      Explosives                                                                              United States Air Force
                                   Drug Enforcement Administration                                                            - CAP National Technology Center
Department of Justice (DOJ)        Federal Bureau of Investigations                                                           United States Army
                                   Federal Bureau of Prisons                                                                  - APM LMR
                                   United States Marshals Service                                                             - BRS Program Office
                                   Wireless Management Office                          Department of Defense (DOD)            - Military District of Washington
                                                                                                                              United States Navy – CNI
                                   Customs and Border Protection
                                                                                                                              United States NORTHCOM
                                   Immigrations and Customs Enforcement
                                                                                                                              United States Marine Corps
                                   Federal Emergency Management Administration
                                                                                                                              - E-LMR Support Marine Corps Network
                                   Office of Grants & Training
                                                                                                                                 Operations and Security Command
                                   - Interoperable Communications Technical
                                                                                                                              - Navy Marine Corps Spectrum Center
Department of Homeland                 Assistance Program (ICTAP)
   Security (DHS)                  Science & Technology Directorate, Office of                                                NTIA—Institute for Telecommunication
                                       Interoperability & Compatibility (SAFECOM)                                                Sciences (ITS)
                                                                                       Department of Commerce
                                   Transportation Security Administration                                                     NTIA—Office of Spectrum
                                                                                          (Commerce)
                                   United States Coast Guard                                                                     Management/Emergency Planning
                                   United States Secret Service                                                                  and Public Safety Division
                                   Wireless Management Office
                                                                                                                              Office of the CIO
Department of the Treasury         Internal Revenue Service—Criminal Investigations    Department of Agriculture (USDA)       Office of Enforcement
   (Treasury)                      Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration                                          United States Forest Service
                                   Bureau of Land Management                                            Other Member Departments and Agencies
                                   National Park Service
                                                                                       Department of Heath and Human         Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
                                   - United States Park Police
Department of the Interior (DOI)                                                          Services (HHS)                     Federal Communications Commission
                                   OCIO, Telecommunications Division
                                                                                       Department of State (State)               (FCC)
                                   Office of Enforcement
                                                                                       Department of Transportation (DOT)    Social Security Administration (SSA)
                                   United States Fish and Wildlife Service
                                                                                       Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)   United States Postal Inspection Service
Department of Energy (DOE)         Spectrum Management Office
                                                                                        * State and local agencies participate as advisory members


                                                                               Federal Partnership for Interoperable Communications
FPIC membership is open to federal employees that are involved in
or are interested in learning about wireless communications

 FPIC participants have experience or responsibilities in the following areas—
   – Program Managers                        – Spectrum Managers
   – Radio Communications Managers           – Security Specialists
   – IT and Land Mobile Radio Specialists    – State Communications Interoperability
                                               Coordinators
   – Telecommunications Engineers

 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


                                       Federal Partnership for Interoperable Communications
FPIC provides its members and partners a central point for
federal agencies involved in wireless interoperability

 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—
       > Funding,
       > Spectrum,
       > 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


                                               Federal Partnership for Interoperable Communications
    FPIC is recognized by public safety entities as the representative
    of federal interoperability needs




 FPIC is a member of                                                                  Regional FPIC initiatives
  several State                                                                         are underway or
  Interoperability                                                                      planned in Charleston,
  Executive Committees                                                                  Phoenix/Mesa, Tampa
  in—CA, IL, MD, MO,                                                                    Bay, Virginia, Wyoming,
  OH, OR, TX, VA, WY                                                                    Oregon, and the Gulf
                                                                                        Coast




                                                                                     Existing FPIC Partnerships

                                                                                        Advisory Members to FPIC
   In addition to state and regional relationships, the FPIC represents                Federal Representative on
    federal interoperability needs at nationwide public safety groups—                  State Council

     – Association of Public Safety Officials-International (APCO)                      On-going FPIC Initiatives

     – National Public Safety Telecommunications Council (NPSTC)                        Planned FPIC Initiatives


                                                       Federal Partnership for Interoperable Communications
Current Topic


 FPIC Background and Overview

 Activities and Accomplishments

 Federal Partnerships




                                   Federal Partnership for Interoperable Communications
FPIC Interoperability Demonstration Projects further FPIC goals to
identify and enhance wireless communications interoperability

 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
  – Phoenix/Mesa, Arizona
  – Tampa Bay, Florida
  – Wyoming
  – Virginia
  – Oregon

 These projects will establish technical interoperability models, adapt policy
 to better facilitate interoperability, and allow federal users access to
 statewide systems


                                     Federal Partnership for Interoperable Communications
FPIC is an active participant in the Project 25 standards process

 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




                                            Federal Partnership for Interoperable Communications
FPIC provides recommendations to outside entities and
educates public safety in spectrum and security-related issues

 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




                                             Federal Partnership for Interoperable Communications
Current Topic


 FPIC Background and Overview

 Activities and Accomplishments

 Federal Partnerships




                                   Federal Partnership for Interoperable Communications
FPIC entities are major users on the Alaska Land Mobile
Radio (ALMR) System

 The State of Alaska, Alaska Municipal League, Department of Defense, and FPIC
  members have partnered to—
   – Create a cooperative partnership across federal, state, and local jurisdictions
   – Build and operate an interoperable trunked radio system
   – Enhance personnel safety and operational capabilities
   – Plan a phased implementation: Highway system, Southeast and Kodiak, and rural areas
   – Cost share infrastructure cost among the federal, state, and local governments
   – Educate the legislature and key state government policy-makers to gain strong support
     and funding

 The ALMR system employs a single, shared-infrastructure and spectrum-sharing
  scheme that makes it available to all federal, state, and local public safety users




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ALMR Rollout Schedule




ALMR Schedule provided by the ALMR website (http://www.ak-prepared.com/almr/).

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FPIC entities are teaming with Montana to gain access
to the statewide system

 The FPIC is partnering with the Interoperability Montana Project, which is
  implementing a statewide, hybrid, VHF, Project 25-compliant system
   – The State of Montana’s 10 consortia will lead and set the priority of deployment within
     each consortium’s area of responsibility
   – Infrastructure and subscriber units will be upgraded in a phased approached
   – Centralized project management will address frequency and encryption key planning

 The Department of the Interior has signed a memorandum of understanding




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 Interoperability Montana Project




Interoperability Montana (IM) system map provided by the IM website (http://interop.mt.gov/).

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FPIC entities have partnered with South Dakota on its
statewide, VHF, radio system

 In a state that covers an area of 77,121 square miles and has a population of
  fewer than 800,000 residents, South Dakota has implemented a statewide, VHF
  radio system (In the process of upgrading to a full Project 25-compliant trunking system)
   – Links more than 10,000 firefighters, law enforcement officials, emergency medical
     personnel, transportation providers, and federal public safety officials
   – Serves hospitals, emergency rooms, clinics, and ambulances
   – Provides 96% mobile and 70% portable coverage through more than 50 sites

 Federal agencies are purchasing new or modifying existing equipment to access
  the South Dakota system
   – Federal Bureau of Investigation/U.S. Marshals Service
   – Federal Fish and Wildlife (enforcement units)
   – Bureau of Land Management (enforcement units)
   – National Park Service (fire units)
   – Bureau of Indian Affairs (enforcement units)
   – Department of Defense (Ellsworth Air Force Base security units)
   – Army Corps of Engineers (security personnel)


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   South Dakota Coverage Map




South Dakota mobile statewide coverage map provided by the South Dakota website (http://www.state.sd.us/bit/tele/index.asp).

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FPIC entities are teamed with the State of Wyoming’s
WyoLink, the statewide, VHF, Project 25-compliant system

 The State of Wyoming, the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of
  the Interior, and other FPIC members have joined forces to—
   – Leverage federal spectrum, radio sites, and existing infrastructure
   – Provide statewide coverage that would only be minimally covered by stovepipe systems
   – Implement conventional repeaters to support communications with out-of-area agencies

 Federal agencies are purchasing new or modifying existing equipment to access
  the WyoLink system
   – Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives
   – Immigration and Customs Enforcement
   – Federal Bureau of Investigation
   – Transportation Security Administration
   – U.S. Secret Service

 Benefits of partnering on statewide systems include—
   – Sharing resources across agencies
   – Providing built-in interoperability with participants
   – Reducing the costs for individual system implementation and operation

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WyoLink and Federal Agency Comparative Coverage




WyoLink mobile statewide coverage provided by the WyoLink website (http://wyolink.state.wy.us/).

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Federal agencies are partnering with state systems, including
800 MHz systems, to take advantage of partnership benefits

 Typically, federal agencies decide whether to operate on a state system for
  interoperability purposes only or use the system for primary communications

 The Alaska, Montana, South Dakota, and Wyoming systems are all VHF, the
  primary frequency band of federal agencies, therefore it’s an easy decision for
  federal agencies to partner when they can use existing equipment or purchase
  equipment they intend to buy for use on their agency systems

 However, federal agencies have recognized that some state and regional 800
  MHz systems provide improved coverage and enhanced interoperability
  capabilities as compared to their VHF system, so they adopt the 800 MHz
  systems for primary use
   – In some instances, federal agencies can negotiate special use agreements and
     dedicated talk groups on a state system
   – In addition, federal agencies can still use their VHF radios for encryption or
     operability with other federal VHF agencies



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In summary, the FPIC encourages public safety agencies to
partner and share resources for common good

 Federal agencies are recognizing the benefits of partnering with state and
  regional efforts to include—
   – Leveraging existing resources in a shared environment
   – Realizing built-in interoperability with participants
   – Choosing cost efficient solutions

 FPIC will continue to—
   – Identify and support federal, state, and local partnerships and interoperability
     activities
   – Negotiate win-win solutions for agencies to share resources
   – Promote Project 25 standards development and standards-based architectures




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For additional information or to join the FPIC, please contact—


     Jim Downes
     Chair, Federal Partnership for Interoperable Communications (FPIC)
     202.447.0205
     james.downes@dhs.gov


     Sandy McNulty
     FPIC Program Support
     202.447.0228
     sandra.mcnulty@associates.dhs.gov




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Backup Slides




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FPIC supports the acceptance of P25 standard radio equipment

Definition: P25 is a collection of documents standardizing common interfaces
between equipment in an LMR system

 P25 is the only user-defined set of standards in the United States for LMR
  systems

 P25 is the result of an unprecedented partnership between industry and the
  public safety user community

 Many federal agencies (e.g., DHS, DOD, DOI, DOJ) have adopted P25 standards
  and are procuring standards based equipment




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Moving forward, public safety agencies will continue to adopt the
P25 standard for its many advantages

P25 standards provide—
  – Compatibility between equipment from different manufacturers with older legacy
    systems
  – Enhanced interoperable radios that support mutual-aid channels and roaming
  – Dynamic system growth or contraction for trunked and conventional systems
  – A more spectrally efficient system that can support more users in the same
    amount of spectrum
  – Continued availability of direct unit-to-unit communications




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