In its continuing effort to support urban areas in measuring the progress they have made toward interoperability as defined by the 2008 and expanded in the 2014 National Emergency Communications Plan (NECP), the Department of Homeland Security Office of Emergency Communications (OEC) established the Interoperable Communications Capabilities Analysis Program (ICCAP), which provides an opportunity for a team of public safety communications subject matter experts to observe communications functions during various multi-jurisdiction, multi-agency events. Through the ICCAP initiative, Lafayette Group provides personnel who serve as subject matter experts and lead observers on several of these events.
Recently, Lafayette Group provided the lead observers for the ICCAP team during an event in the District of Columbia, observing first responders as they demonstrated their communications capabilities in response to predefined elements or sub-elements while managing a large scale planned event: The Opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC). The new museum, the Smithsonian’s 19th, is the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, art, history, and culture.
This observation and analysis process is an opportunity for urban area participants to receive feedback from OEC in the form of an after-action report (AAR), which outlines key successes, best practices, and communications challenges. ICCAP teams observe and document deployed communications technologies and operational techniques utilized during the event and compile them into the AAR and improvement plan, which will be provided to the site when complete.
A major event with participation by the President poses a variety of daunting communications challenges, including interoperability between Federal, State and local agencies. OEC confirmed that all aspects of technology, policy and procedures went well