Assessing First Responder Communications

October 12, 2017 10:00 AM | HOUSE CAPITOL VISITOR CENTER (HVC) ROOM 210

This hearing will examine the current state of interoperable communications.  Much progress in interoperable communications has been made since the September 11th terrorist attacks and Hurricane Katrina, but challenges remain. This hearing will provide Members with an opportunity to receive an update on the efforts of the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Emergency Communications (OEC) and the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) to work with Federal, State, local, territorial, and tribal stakeholders to ensure the continued enhancement of first responder communications capabilities.

Opening Statements

Rep. Dan Donovan (R-NY), Subcommittee Chairman
Opening Statement

Live Stream


Rear Admiral Ronald Hewitt (USCG, Ret.)
Office of Emergency Communications
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Witness Testimony

Mr. Ed Parkinson
Government Affairs
First Responder Network Authority
Witness Testimony

Mr. Mark Goldstein
Physical Infrastructure Issues
U.S. Government Accountability Office
Witness Testimony