SLTT Governance Guide Working Group: Meeting 3

Author: Robin Beatty, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Emergency Communications (OEC), and Cary Martin, DHS OEC

On May 3, 2018, the DHS OEC hosted the State, Local, Tribal, and Territorial Officials Governance Guide Working Group in preparation for updating the Emergency Communications Governance Guide for State, Local, Tribal, and Territorial Officials (the Governance Guide). During the meeting, working group members began the process of conducting an in-depth review and revision process of the 2015 guide.

In-Person Meeting

An in-person working group meeting location was identified and agreed upon by the working group members, to occur during the week of September 10-14, 2018 in Shawnee, Oklahoma.  Special thanks to the working group member Mr. Tim Zientek of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation for volunteering to host the meeting. We look forward to a very productive meeting.

Revision Process Initiated

Participants of the working group provided in-depth discussions in a live information capture forum, providing input and changes for the new 2018 Governance Guide.  Topics that were discussed included:

  • Grant funding
  • Technology
  • Communication efforts
  • Involvement between State and Tribal communities
  • Enhanced Tribal governance guidance
  • Evolution of governance body over the next 5-10 years
  • Challenges in formalizing governance structures

The working group will meet again via webinar and conference call on May 24, 2018 to continue the effort to revise the 2015 Governance Guide.


We are currently seeking to expand our working group membership. If you, or a representative from your agency, would like to participate in the working group, please email

To read about the working groups previous meetings:

April 12, 2018:

March 29, 2018: