IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 31, 2003

National Taskforce on Interoperability to Address Critical Homeland Security Issue: Final Report on Public Safety Communications to be Released

When:

10:00 am, February 6, 2003

Where:

The Morrow Room, National Press Club, Washington, DC

Event:

National Taskforce on Interoperability Press Conference

Speakers:

Judith A. Wood, Chair, National Taskforce on Interoperability
Larry Naake, Executive Director, National Association of Counties
Donald J. Bourt, Executive Director, National League of Cities
Chief William S. Nelson, the International Association of Fire Chiefs
Chief Harlin R. McEwen, International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP)

The urgent need of public safety officials to readily communicate continues to result in the unnecessary loss of lives and property. Recognizing that solutions to this national issue must be achieved through cooperation between all levels of government, 18 national associations representing State and local elected and appointed officials and public safety officials formed the National Taskforce on Interoperability to address this issue.

The Taskforce's final report on Interoperability issues facing the nation will be release with recommendations on spectrum needs, funding and cooperation between all levels of government.

Members of the National Taskforce on Interoperability include representatives of the following national associations:

Association of Public Safety Communications Officials (APCO), International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC), International City/County Management Association (ICMA), Major Cities Chiefs (MCC), Major County Sheriffs' Association (MCSA), The United States Conference of Mayors (USCM), National Association of Counties (NACo), National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO), National Association of State Telecommunications Directors (NASTD), National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), National Criminal Justice Association (NCJA), National Emergency Management Association (NEMA), National Governors Association (NGA), National League of Cities (NLC), National Public Safety Telecommunications Council (NPSTC), National Sheriffs' Association (NSA), and The Council of State Governments (CSG).

Contacts:
U.S. Conference of Mayors: Lina Garcia 202-861-6719
National League of Cities: John Pionke, 202-626-3051

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