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GAO: FirstNet Must Address Lack of Contract Information Sharing

The Government Accountability Office recommends the First Responder Network Authority or FirstNet to better share information on AT&T's public safety network contract. FirstNet needs to further inform stakeholders on its oversight of the contract with AT&T for the operation of a public safety network, GAO said Monday.

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FirstNet, EDA, NIST Launch Disaster Response Competition

Three agencies within the Department of Commerce have commenced a contest on disaster response and public safety technologies. The First Responder Network Authority said Thursday it joined the Economic Development Administration and the National Institute of Standards and Technology to launch the Accelerate R2 Network Challenge.

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FirstNet Board Welcomes Public Safety Experts Karima Holmes, Matt Slinkard

Wilbur Ross, secretary of commerce, has added two public safety experts to the First Responder Network Authority Board. Karima Holmes, who directs Washington, D.C.'s Office of Unified Communications, and Matt Slinkard, executive assistant chief of police in Houston, Texas, will join a board that oversees the FirstNet public safety broadband network, the commerce department said Thursday.

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NIST, FirstNet Invite Masses to Compete in First Responder Coding Challenge

The First Responder Network Authority and the National Institute of Standards and Technology have jointly launched a $2.2M communications technology competition. Participants of the Tech to Protect Challenge will submit coding systems that support the communications needs of first responders, the Department of Commerce said Tuesday.

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L3Harris Technologies Building Statewide Public Safety Radio System from State of Utah; Nino DiCosmo Quoted

The Utah Communications Authority (UCA) has awarded L3Harris Technologies (NYSE:LHX) a contract to provide an advanced statewide public safety network for multiple agencies and emergency responders in Utah, L3Harris announced on Monday

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FirstNet Unveils Five-Year Public Safety Roadmap

The First Responder Network Authority has published a roadmap that details public safety technology trends and operational needs for mobile broadband communications in the next five years. Built from industry and government feedback, the FirstNet Authority Roadmap contains six domains that represent key public safety operational functions, FirstNet said Monday.

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NASCIO Members, Federal Agencies Discuss Cyber Issues at 2019 DC Fly-In

Members of the National Association of State Chief Information Officers met with key federal agencies as well as Federal CIO and 2019 Wash100 Award recipient Suzette Kent during the organization's D.C. Fly-In in event Washington, D.C., NASCIO said on Wednesday. NASCIO members engaged with officials from the FBI's Criminal Justice Information Services unit, General Services Administration, Internal Revenue Service Office of Safeguards and First Responder Network Authority to discuss issues such as the standardization of federal cybersecurity policy.

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FirstNet President TJ Kennedy to Step Down, Rejoin Private Sector

T.J. Kennedy, president of the First Responder Network Authority, will depart his role by the end of the year and return to the private sector, Urgent Communications reported. The report said Kennedy plans to continue working toward public safety communications goals after he leaves FirstNet. “I’m not leaving this area, this industry …

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GAO Recommends FirstNet to Address Tribal Stakeholders’ Concerns on Public-Safety Broadband Network

The Government Accountability Office urged the First Responder Network Authority in June to consider tribal stakeholders’ concerns regarding the future Public-Safety Broadband Network and evaluate long-term staffing requirements for the effort. GAO said in a report published Thursday that FirstNet has opened a test lab for public safety devices and applications …

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