recommended reading

Commission leaders call for emergency communications network

Former Indiana Rep. Lee Hamilton, left, and former New Jersey Gov. Tom Kean

Former Indiana Rep. Lee Hamilton, left, and former New Jersey Gov. Tom Kean // AP file photo

The former heads of the commission that investigated the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, pointed on Tuesday to unfinished plans for a nationwide emergency communications system.

The attacks revealed the problems posed by a patchwork of emergency radio networks and devices that often do not work with each other.

"Eleven years after the event, some important 9/11 Commission recommendations have still not been implemented and require immediate attention," former 9/11 Commission Chair and Vice Chair Tom Kean and Lee Hamilton said in a statement. "We call on the government to build out an interoperable, broadband network for first responders."

The Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012, signed into law in February, includes $7 billion to fund such a network. But the process has been bogged down by the search for necessary additional funds and the allocation of spectrum to support the network. The government authority charged with building the network named a board of directors in August, and is slated to hold its first meeting later this month.

Kean and Hamilton also called on officials to "put teeth" into the Privacy and Civil Liberties Board to prevent security measures from undermining privacy.

Threatwatch Alert

Thousands of cyber attacks occur each day

See the latest threats


Close [ x ] More from Nextgov

Thank you for subscribing to newsletters from
We think these reports might interest you:

  • Modernizing IT for Mission Success

    Surveying Federal and Defense Leaders on Priorities and Challenges at the Tactical Edge

  • Communicating Innovation in Federal Government

    Federal Government spending on ‘obsolete technology’ continues to increase. Supporting the twin pillars of improved digital service delivery for citizens on the one hand, and the increasingly optimized and flexible working practices for federal employees on the other, are neither easy nor inexpensive tasks. This whitepaper explores how federal agencies can leverage the value of existing agency technology assets while offering IT leaders the ability to implement the kind of employee productivity, citizen service improvements and security demanded by federal oversight.

  • Effective Ransomware Response

    This whitepaper provides an overview and understanding of ransomware and how to successfully combat it.

  • Forecasting Cloud's Future

    Conversations with Federal, State, and Local Technology Leaders on Cloud-Driven Digital Transformation

  • IT Transformation Trends: Flash Storage as a Strategic IT Asset

    MIT Technology Review: Flash Storage As a Strategic IT Asset For the first time in decades, IT leaders now consider all-flash storage as a strategic IT asset. IT has become a new operating model that enables self-service with high performance, density and resiliency. It also offers the self-service agility of the public cloud combined with the security, performance, and cost-effectiveness of a private cloud. Download this MIT Technology Review paper to learn more about how all-flash storage is transforming the data center.


When you download a report, your information may be shared with the underwriters of that document.