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Homeland Security: Federal Leadership Needed to Facilitate Interoperable Communications Between First Responders

GAO-04-1057T Published: Sep 08, 2004. Publicly Released: Sep 08, 2004.
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Lives of first responders and those whom they are trying to assist can be lost when first responders cannot communicate effectively as needed. This testimony addresses issues of determining the status of interoperable wireless communications across the nation, the potential roles that federal, state, and local governments can play in improving these communications, and the need to structure grant programs so that they better support public sector efforts to improve these communications.

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CommunicationEmergency preparednessFederal aid programsWirelessFederal fundsFederal grantsFirst respondersHomeland securityInteragency relationsIntergovernmental relationsInteroperabilityRadio frequency allocationStrategic planningPublic safety