Press Release


Brooks to Hold Hearing on Interoperable Communications

Media Contact: Lauren Claffey; April Ward (202)226-8477

Today, the Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Communications will hold the following hearing on interoperable communications.  

TUESDAY, November 18 at 10:00 a.m.

Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Communications  

Interoperable Communications: Assessing Progress Since 9/11

311 Cannon House Office Building

Witnesses Include:

  • Rear Admiral Ronald Hewitt, USCG (Ret.), Director, Office of Emergency Communications, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • Mr. TJ Kennedy, Acting General Manager, First Responder Network Authority
  • Mr. Mark A. Grubb, Director, Division of Communications, Delaware Department of Safety and Homeland Security

Subcommittee Chairman Susan W. Brooks (R-IN) on the hearing: "Time and again we are reminded of the need and importance of interoperable communications and information sharing when disaster strikes. Much progress has been made in first responders' communications capabilities since the September 11th terrorist attacks and Hurricane Katrina exposed significant gaps. However, real and pressing challenges remain, as was evidenced after Hurricane Sandy. This hearing will provide subcommittee members with an opportunity to hear from federal and state officials about ongoing efforts to enhance interoperable communications, including FirstNet's development of the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network." 

*LIVE video of the hearing will be available here.