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Program

iCERT Committees

Policy Committee

The primary function of the iCERT Policy Committee is to examine and recommend for board and/or association action, official Industry Council positions on local, state, regional, national and international regulations, legislation, rules or resolutions affecting emergency response technologies. The Committee has no formal approval role.

In practice, these responsibilities are carried out by performing the following functions:

  • Monitoring and reviewing proposed legislation and regulatory rulemaking;
  • Providing assistance to association staff on matters of policymaking;
  • Recommending action to the Board of Directors;
  • Working with iCERT member companies' legislative staff as needed; and
  • Working to resolve inter-association policy conflicts – where appropriate and necessary – to help ensure synergy with leading public safety associations' policy opinions, when not in direct conflict with industry approaches.

Membership Outreach Committee

The primary function of the iCERT Membership Outreach Committee is to provide advice and recommend actions regarding member recruitment and member service topics to the iCERT Board of Directors. Additionally, this Committee works in concert with the iCERT Governance Committee in the latter's role of maintaining and managing changes to the Bylaws as approved by the iCERT Board of Directors. The Committee has no formal approval role.

In practice, these responsibilities are carried out by performing the following functions:

  • Provide recommendations pertaining to matters of member services to the Board of Directors
  • Contribute as a resource to the Board of Directors in matters involving member recruitment
  • Provide recommendations to the Board of Directors pertaining to matters of member dues
  • Work in conjunction with iCERT staff on direct recruitment efforts and iCERT promotion

Governance Committee

The primary function of the iCERT Governance Committee is to provide advice and recommend actions to the iCERT Board of Directors regarding governance topics. Additionally, the Governance Committee will serve as custodians of iCERT Bylaws, maintaining the document and managing changes to the Bylaws that are approved by the iCERT Board of Directors. The Committee has no formal approval role.

In practice, these responsibilities are carried out by performing the following functions:

  • Maintain the iCERT Bylaws keeping them an accurate reflection of the organization
  • Contribute as a resource to the Board of Directors in matters involving corporate governance
  • Provide recommendations pertaining to matters of governance to the Board of Directors
  • Serve in a role regarding succession planning for the organization

iCERT Working Groups

Technology Transition Working Group

Charge:
The primary function of the Technology Transition Working Group is to examine and recommend for Policy Committee, Board and/or Association action, official Industry Council positions on local, state, regional, national and international regulations, legislation, rules or resolutions... read more...

Background:
This Working Group will explore the impact of technology transition on key public safety, emergency response, and national security functions, with a focus on the migration from current legacy switched telecommunications infrastructure toward the technological and programmatic advances associated with IP-based networks and systems, as the FCC and other entities consider... read more...

Convergence and Innovation Working Group

Charge:
The primary function of the Convergence and Innovation Working Group is to examine and recommend for Policy Committee, Board and/or Association action, official Industry Council positions on local, state, regional, national and international regulations, legislation, rules or resolutions affecting matters related to the ubiquitous, unified nature of emergency communications and response technologies, now and into the future. The Working Group has no formal approval role.

In practice, these responsibilities are carried out by performing the following functions:

  • Monitoring and reviewing proposed legislation and regulatory rulemaking;
  • Providing assistance to Association staff on matters of convergence and innovation policy; and
  • Recommending action to the Policy Committee.

Background:
The Working Group shall consist of no fewer than three (3) and no more than seven (7) members, with one (1) member serving as Chair, and one (1) member serving as Secretary/Scribe. Working Group membership is initiated through a self-nomination process, with group composition approved by the iCERT Policy Committee. Chair and Secretary/Scribe appointments are initiated by self-nomination, also to be approved by the iCERT Policy Committee.

The Working Group will meet on an as needed basis in person or by electronic means, to be scheduled by the Chair and coordinated by the Executive Director, with both to ensure regular reporting to the Policy Committee and Membership.

Emergency Communications Resource (ECR) Working Group

Charge:
The primary function of the Emergency Communications Resource Working Group is to examine and recommend for Policy Committee, Board and/or Association action, official Industry Council positions on local, state, regional, national and international regulations, legislation, rules or resolutions affecting funding of emergency calling and response technology systems and networks. The Working Group has no formal approval role.

In practice, these responsibilities are carried out by performing the following functions:

  • Monitoring and reviewing proposed legislation and regulatory rulemaking;
  • Providing assistance to Association staff on matters of emergency communications resource policy; and
  • Recommending action to the Policy Committee.

Background:
The Working Group shall consist of no fewer than three (3) and no more than seven (7) members, with one (1) member serving as Chair, and one (1) member serving as Secretary/Scribe. Working Group membership is initiated through a self-nomination process, with group composition approved by the iCERT Policy Committee. Chair and Secretary/Scribe appointments are initiated by self-nomination, also to be approved by the iCERT Policy Committee.

The Working Group will meet on an as needed basis in person or by electronic means, to be scheduled by the Chair and coordinated by the Executive Director, with both to ensure regular reporting to the Policy Committee and Membership. The Emergency Communications Resource (ECR) Working Group has also undertaken the Targeted States Campaign.

Targeted States Campaign Overview:
The iCERT Targeted States Campaign is a state-by-state program in support of efforts to secure and protect 911 funding in all its forms. Working in conjunction with state and local officials, the Campaign provides much needed resources to initiate, maintain, and/or bring to fruition state-level efforts to ensure that emergency calling is properly resourced.

Campaign Premise:
Absent proper levels of adequate, stable and foreseeable funding for emergency calling, America's 911 system breaks down. Public safety officials become unable to maintain the equipment and services they need in order to provide safety at the level the public deserves and expects. When properly resourced, however, public safety agencies and the enterprises that support their critical work are able to provide to the public the crucial life-saving services our citizens, residents and visitors require.

iCERT will:

  • Engage state and local government and non-governmental partners,
  • Craft and disseminate tailored educational pieces, and
  • Convene partners and other officials to address key concerns.

Measures of Campaign Success:

  1. Shifts in norms - reduced state reliance on 911 funding for unrelated matters.
  2. Strengthened organizations - general increase in 911 agency budgets due to regular transfer of dedicated funding.
  3. Improved policies - states amending regulations and/or administrative practices to ensure flow of funding.
  4. Specific impacts - key examples of properly repositioned funding.

If you are interested in participating or for further information about the iCERT Committees, Working Groups or Campaigns, please contact George Rice at george.rice@theindustrycouncil.org.

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