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What GAO Found The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA) National 911 Program's most recent national survey on Next Generation 911 (NG911) implementation indicated that about half of states were in some phase of transition to NG911 in 2015, but that state and local progress varied.
What GAO Found There is some overlap in the missions of the Department of Homeland Security's (Homeland Security) SAFECOM, Emergency Communications Preparedness Center (ECPC), National Council of Statewide Interoperability Coordinators (NCSWIC), and the Department of Commerce's (Commerce) Public Safety...
What GAO Found The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) has conducted key efforts to establish the network, namely releasing the request for proposal (RFP) for the network and awarding the network contract to AT&T.
What GAO FoundThe Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has developed nine criteria that consider various factors--including the willingness of various stakeholders, such as asset owners and operators, to participate and concentrations of high-risk critical infrastructure--when identifying possible locations...