As the central coordination point for their state or territory, the Statewide Interoperability Coordinator (SWIC) plays a critical role in a state’s interoperability effort. The SWIC works with emergency response leaders across all levels of government to implement a statewide strategic vision for interoperability. As part of this effort, SWICs are responsible for the implementation of the Statewide Communication Interoperability Plan (SCIP), which establishes a vision for interoperability in the state.
- Overseeing the daily operation of the state’s interoperability efforts
- Coordinating interoperability and communications projects
- Maintaining governance structures
- Assembling working groups to develop and implement key initiatives
- Updating and implementing the SCIP
SWIC Scope of Work:
- SCIP program management
- Grants coordination
- Policy development
Based on recommendations from emergency responders, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) included a milestone in the National Emergency Communications Plan (NECP) that every state must have a single point of contact for interoperable emergency communications. With a full-time resource dedicated to coordinating statewide emergency communications, states significantly improve progress in implementing SCIPs and the NECP.
Support for SWICs
The Establishing Governance to Achieve Statewide Communications Interoperability guide includes suggested SWIC roles and responsibilities. This guide provides new and established SWICs with an understanding of the scope of their position in terms of outreach activities, SCIP program management, grants coordination, and policy development. The guide demonstrates a methodology to implement SCIP strategic initiatives by leveraging a collaborative statewide governance structure.
In response to SWICs' recommendations for a dedicated group to facilitate networking and information sharing at the state level, CISA established a forum for SWICs. CISA supports the SWICs through bi-annual meetings, quarterly newsletters, a SWIC portal on the National Interoperability Information eXchange, and periodic conference calls. These activities allow SWICs to collaborate through the sharing of best practices, lessons learned, successes, and challenges related to SCIP implementation.