There is established in the Department an Office of Emergency Communications.
The head of the office shall be the Director for Emergency Communications. The Director shall report to the Assistant Secretary for Cybersecurity and Communications.
The Director for Emergency Communications shall—
(1)assist the Secretary in developing and implementing the program described in section
194(a)(1) of this title, except as provided in section
195 of this title;
(2)administer the Department’s responsibilities and authorities relating to the SAFECOM Program, excluding elements related to research, development, testing, and evaluation and standards;
(3)administer the Department’s responsibilities and authorities relating to the Integrated Wireless Network program;
(4)conduct extensive, nationwide outreach to support and promote the ability of emergency response providers and relevant government officials to continue to communicate in the event of natural disasters, acts of terrorism, and other man-made disasters;
(5)conduct extensive, nationwide outreach and foster the development of interoperable emergency communications capabilities by State, regional, local, and tribal governments and public safety agencies, and by regional consortia thereof;
(6)provide technical assistance to State, regional, local, and tribal government officials with respect to use of interoperable emergency communications capabilities;
(7)coordinate with the Regional Administrators regarding the activities of Regional Emergency Communications Coordination Working Groups under section
575 of this title;
(8)promote the development of standard operating procedures and best practices with respect to use of interoperable emergency communications capabilities for incident response, and facilitate the sharing of information on such best practices for achieving, maintaining, and enhancing interoperable emergency communications capabilities for such response;
(9)coordinate, in cooperation with the National Communications System, the establishment of a national response capability with initial and ongoing planning, implementation, and training for the deployment of communications equipment for relevant State, local, and tribal governments and emergency response providers in the event of a catastrophic loss of local and regional emergency communications services;
(10)assist the President, the National Security Council, the Homeland Security Council, and the Director of the Office of Management and Budget in ensuring the continued operation of the telecommunications functions and responsibilities of the Federal Government, excluding spectrum management;
(11)establish, in coordination with the Director of the Office for Interoperability and Compatibility, requirements for interoperable emergency communications capabilities, which shall be nonproprietary where standards for such capabilities exist, for all public safety radio and data communications systems and equipment purchased using homeland security assistance administered by the Department, excluding any alert and warning device, technology, or system;
(12)review, in consultation with the Assistant Secretary for Grants and Training, all interoperable emergency communications plans of Federal, State, local, and tribal governments, including Statewide and tactical interoperability plans, developed pursuant to homeland security assistance administered by the Department, but excluding spectrum allocation and management related to such plans;
(13)develop and update periodically, as appropriate, a National Emergency Communications Plan under section
572 of this title;
(14)perform such other duties of the Department necessary to support and promote the ability of emergency response providers and relevant government officials to continue to communicate in the event of natural disasters, acts of terrorism, and other man-made disasters; and
(15)perform other duties of the Department necessary to achieve the goal of and maintain and enhance interoperable emergency communications capabilities.
(d) Performance of previously transferred functions
The Secretary shall transfer to, and administer through, the Director for Emergency Communications the following programs and responsibilities:
(1)The SAFECOM Program, excluding elements related to research, development, testing, and evaluation and standards.
(2)The responsibilities of the Chief Information Officer related to the implementation of the Integrated Wireless Network.
The Director for Emergency Communications shall coordinate—
(1)as appropriate, with the Director of the Office for Interoperability and Compatibility with respect to the responsibilities described in section
195 of this title; and
(2)with the Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency with respect to the responsibilities described in this subchapter.
(f) Sufficiency of resources plan
Not later than 120 days after October 4, 2006, the Secretary shall submit to Congress a report on the resources and staff necessary to carry out fully the responsibilities under this subchapter.
(2) Comptroller General review
The Comptroller General shall review the validity of the report submitted by the Secretary under paragraph (1). Not later than 60 days after the date on which such report is submitted, the Comptroller General shall submit to Congress a report containing the findings of such review.
Another section 1801 ofPub. L. 107–296was renumbered section
1901 and is classified to section
591 of this title.
Change of Name
Any reference to the Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency in title VI of Pub. L. 109–295or an amendment by title VI to be considered to refer and apply to the Director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency until Mar. 31, 2007, see section 612(f)(2) ofPub. L. 109–295, set out as a note under section
313 of this title.
Pub. L. 109–295, title VI, § 675,Oct. 4, 2006, 120 Stat. 1444, provided that: “Nothing in this subtitle [subtitle D (§§ 671–675) of title VI of Pub. L. 109–295, enacting this subchapter and sections
195a of this title and provisions set out as a note under section
101 of this title] shall be construed to transfer to the Office of Emergency Communications any function, personnel, asset, component, authority, grant program, or liability of the Federal Emergency Management Agency as constituted on June 1, 2006.”
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