Author: John Miller, NCSWIC Chair, New Jersey Statewide Interoperability Coordinator (SWIC)
I hope each of you had a relaxing, safe, and happy holiday season! As we welcome 2020, I would like to take a moment to reflect on and acknowledge the hard work of each National Council of Statewide Interoperability Coordinators (NCSWIC) member in 2019. As a result of your ongoing, tireless efforts, the NCSWIC Executive Committee approved the updated NCSWIC Goals and Objectives and Strategic Plan, as well as a number of documents which can be found on the Resources page of this site.
I would also like to recognize the tremendous work that SWICs put into the development of the NCSWIC State Interoperability Markers program, which SWICs are now using to gain a better understanding of interoperability gaps and to raise awareness with decision makers. Added to this already impressive list of accomplishments is the release of the updated National Emergency Communications Plan (NECP), officially published on September 25, 2019. Changes to the updated NECP include adding a cybersecurity goal, emphasizing the importance of strategic and lifecycle planning, promoting the importance of evaluating and documenting lessons learned from training and exercises, underscoring the need for coordination of communications assets and capabilities at incidents and planned events, and focusing on effective and interoperable information sharing. Each of these changes can be tied directly to NCSWIC activities. It is now our responsibility to integrate the NECP’s goals, objectives, and success indicators into our future work products and serve as champions of the NECP to others within the emergency communications community.
In addition, I would like to thank everyone who attended the NCSWIC in-person meetings in 2019, held in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in April, and Miami, Florida, in November. A special acknowledgement to those of you who helped make the inaugural SWIC Academy in November a resounding success! Planning for the Spring 2020 NCSWIC meeting is underway – stay tuned for more details. In addition to the in-person meetings, the individual committees and task force showcased their commitment by holding conference calls and additional face-to-face meetings to develop work products. It is only through the dedication of its members that NCSWIC can provide high-quality, actionable, timely guidance to field personnel regarding all aspects of emergency communications.
Finally, I am honored to have been officially elected as your Chair and hope to continue bringing my enthusiasm and passion to the position. I would also like to extend my congratulations to Brad Stoddard, Michigan, who was elected as the NCSWIC Vice Chair. Brad and I are excited about the opportunities ahead in 2020 and encourage you to contact us at NCSWICGovernance@hq.dhs.gov with any feedback. Thank you again for all that you do!