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Land Mobile Radio Interoperability among Federal Agencies

GAO-17-12, October 2016

Law enforcement, first responders, and security staff—among others—rely on land mobile radio technology for real-time communication in daily operations, planned events like Presidential inaugurations, emergencies, and more. These radio systems can be used to gather and communicate information across multiple disciplines and jurisdictions and to coordinate response efforts with other federal agencies.

Policymakers have been increasingly concerned with the critical importance of having effective, interoperable communication systems for federal agencies with law enforcement and emergency response missions.

Knowing which departments and agencies require interoperability can help them plan their land mobile radio systems and procure equipment to meet interoperability requirements. Our survey asked agencies to identify "partner agencies," i.e., other agencies with which they have required interoperability within the past 5 years.


Department to Department

Here is a summary of the results, presented at the department level.
Choose a department to see the partner departments it identified:

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Department of Agriculture (USDA)  

Department of the Treasury (TREAS)  

Department of the Interior (DOI)  

Department of Labor (DOL)  

Department of Energy (DOE)  

Department of State (DOS)  

Department of Justice (DOJ)  

Department of Homeland Security (DHS)  

Department of Health & Human Services (HHS)  

Department of Commerce (DOC)  

Department of Transportation (DOT)  

Within Departments

Here is a summary of the results, presented at the component agency level.
Choose a department to see the within-department partner agencies its component agencies identified:


Show all connections  

Department of Agriculture (USDA)  

Department of the Treasury (TREAS)  

Department of the Interior (DOI)  

Department of Labor (DOL)  

Department of Energy (DOE)  

Department of State (DOS)  

Department of Justice (DOJ)  

Department of Homeland Security (DHS)  

Department of Health & Human Services (HHS)  

Department of Commerce (DOC)  

Department of Transportation (DOT)  

Source: GAO's survey on land mobile radio interoperability. | GAO-17-12