Emergency Communications Report Comments Period Extended

The new deadline is May 20.
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The U.S. government has extended the comment period on the “Goal 2 Performance Report” of the “National Emergency Communications Plan” (NECP) to May 20, 2011.

On April 20, 2011, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) posted a Federal Register notice setting May 20 as the new deadline for comments on the NECP Goal 2 Performance Report.

On Jan. 14, 2011, DHS published a Federal Register notice setting March 14, 2011 as the deadline for comments on that report. However, “DHS received no comments,” therefore, the latest notice “is to allow an additional 30-days for public comments,” DHS says.

The NECP seeks to “achieve interoperable communications capabilities” among police, fire, emergency medical services, emergency managers, dispatchers, radio operators and government workers,” and the performance report is designed to meet those statutory requirements, according to the notice.

DHS’ Office of Emergency Communications (OEC) “will use the information gained through the reports to track progress that state, local, and territorial governments are making in implementing milestones and demonstrating goals of the NECP,” the notice says. “Information regarding demonstration of the NECP will measure the ability of counties or county-equivalents to demonstrate response-level emergency communications within one hour for routine events involving multiple jurisdictions,” it adds.

All submissions received must include the words “Department of Homeland Security” and the docket number “DHS-2010-0081,” and may be submitted by the following methods:

Federal eRulemaking Portal: regulations.gov.

E-mail: oira_submission@omb.eop.gov. Include the docket number in the subject line of the message. Fax: (202) 395-5806.

Comments received will be posted without alteration at regulations.gov, including any personal information provided.

For more information, contact Ryan Oremland, DHS/NPPD/CS&C/OEC, Ryan.Oremland@dhs.gov.

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