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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.

Cyber & ICT Security Committee

The primary function of the iCERT Cyber & ICT Security Committee is to examine and recommend for board and/or association action, official Industry Council positions on issues related to the protection, stability, and authentication, of public safety information and communications systems, devices, processes, programs and networks. The Committee has no formal association policy endorsement role outside of board support or direction.

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

  • Monitoring and reviewing proposed legislation, standards and regulatory rulemaking in concert with the iCERT Policy Committee;
  • Providing assistance to association staff on matters of policymaking and related ICT security events;
  • Recommending action to the Board of Directors;
  • Working with iCERT member companies' technical and/or policy 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 or standards opinions, when not in direct conflict with industry approaches.

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

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

iCERT Working Groups

Public Safety Communications

Charge:
The PSC WG’s initial charge is to examine the relationship between NG911 and the FirstNet initiative. All descriptions of policy development noted hereafter refer solely to matters under this charge.

Background:
The Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012 includes the reallocation of the 700 MHz "D Block" spectrum, as well as funding for NG9- 1-1 implementation and the building of a nationwide public safety broadband network. read more...

Technology Transition

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...

Social Media and Emergency Response

The changing nature of communication: As mobile phones have become ubiquitous, so has the use by the public of varied social media platforms available on their smart phones. read more...

A deliverable of this working group is the NPM 2.0 Campaign. The culmination of this effort is the iCERT NPM Toolkit 2.0 Comprehensive Resources for National Preparedness, a collaboration with Ready.gov.

To view the toolkit, please visit: http://www.icertsocialmediaforum.org/index.html

Public Safety Data Exchange Standards — Data Group

Charge:
The Data Group's initial charge is to research and document available public safety data streams that can be harnessed to provide critical data-based indicators of the health and future direction of the public safety industry.

Background:
Currently there are myriad data streams available from multiple sources throughout the public safety industry. Some of these include: Call Detail Records (CDR), CAD Information, Voice/Event Recorders and much more. read more...

Program Intent:
The intent of this workgroup is to identify those data sources that can be leveraged for the benefit of the field at large. read more...

Keep the Promise: Targeted States Campaign

The focus of the campaign is to persuade state legislatures to release 9-1-1 funds and appropriate the necessary monies to the oversight body in each state. The intent is to educate state officials as to the impacts to their 9-1-1 programs, and implore them to act as advocates for effective resourcing of emergency calling.

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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