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Science and Technology Directorate; Notice of Public Meeting of the Project 25 Compliance Assessment Program Governing Board

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AGENCY:

Science and Technology Directorate, DHS.

ACTION:

Notice of Public Meeting.

SUMMARY:

The Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Office for Interoperability and Compatibility (OIC) will hold a public meeting of its Project 25 (P25) Compliance Assessment Program (CAP) Governing Board (GB). The P25 CAP GB is composed of public sector officials who represent the collective interest of organizations that procure P25 equipment. The purpose of the meeting is to review and approve proposed Compliance Assessment Bulletin(s).

The P25 CAP GB will receive public comments on the P25 CAP at this meeting. DHS OIC will post details of the meeting, including the agenda, ten business days in advance of the meeting at http://www.safecomprogram.gov.

The meeting is open to the public, but space is limited. All participants must bring proper identification to attend the meeting.

DATES:

The meeting will take place on Wednesday, May 21, 2008, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (EST).

ADDRESSES:

The meeting will be held in the Auditorium of the General Services Administration Building, 301 7th Street, SW., Washington, DC 20407.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Luke Klein-Berndt, Department of Homeland Security, Science and Technology Directorate, Office for Interoperability and Compatibility, Washington Navy Yard, 245 Murray Lane, SW., Building #410, Washington, DC 20528. Telephone: (202) 254-5332. E-mail: Luke.Klein-Berndt@dhs.gov.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Emergency responders—emergency medical services, fire personnel, and law enforcement officers—need to seamlessly exchange communications across disciplines and jurisdictions to successfully respond to day-to-day incidents and large-scale emergencies. P25 focuses on developing standards that allow radios and other components to interoperate, regardless of manufacturer. In turn, these standards enable emergency responders to exchange critical communications with other disciplines and jurisdictions.

An initial goal of P25 is to specify formal standards for interfaces between the components of a land mobile radio (LMR) system. (LMR systems are commonly used by emergency responders in portable handheld and mobile vehicle-mounted devices.) Although formal standards are being developed, no process is currently in place to confirm that equipment advertised as P25-compliant meets all aspects of P25 standards.

To address discrepancies between P25 standards and industry equipment, Congress passed legislation calling for the creation of the P25 CAP. The P25 CAP is a partnership of the DHS Command, Control and Interoperability Division; the Department of Commerce's National Institute of Standards and Technology; industry; and the emergency response community.

The P25 CAP works to establish a process for ensuring that equipment complies with P25 standards and can interoperate across manufacturers. By providing manufacturers with a method to test their equipment for compliance with P25 standards, the P25 CAP helps emergency response officials make informed purchasing decisions. The program's initial focus is on the Common Air Interface, which allows for over-the-air compatibility between mobile and portable radios, and tower equipment.

For more information on the program, please review OIC's Charter for the Project 25 Compliance Assessment Program, which is available at http://www.safecomprogram.gov.

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Dated: May 1, 2008.

Luke Klein-Berndt,

P25 CAP Program Manager.

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[FR Doc. E8-10214 Filed 5-6-08; 8:45 am]

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