Executive Document

This executive document was published in the 03/15/2007, issue, Vol. 2007, No. 6, of the Utah State Bulletin.

Governor, Administration: Governor's Executive Order 2007-0002: Creating the Utah State Interoperability Executive Committee

Issued: March 8, 2007


Creating the Utah State Interoperability Executive Committee

WHEREAS, it is in the interest of the state to provide voice and data technology resources and services that facilitate interoperability among state and other agencies delivering public safety, homeland security, and other vital services to citizens;

WHEREAS, the agencies that serve the interests of public safety, homeland security, and other vital services are operating on multiple technologies provided by multiple agencies and vendors that are often not interoperable;

WHEREAS, it is in the interest of the state to leverage existing infrastructure with emerging technologies to create an interoperable voice and data network that supports the delivery of public safety, homeland security, and other vital services;

WHEREAS, the development of interoperable services and related technologies requires a high level of coordination and communication among entities providing such services;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Jon M.Huntsman, Jr., of the State of Utah, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the laws and Constitution of the State of Utah, hereby order the following:

1. There is created the Utah State Interoperability Executive Committee (SIEC) Board.

2. The board shall:

a. Promote wireless technology information and interoperability among local, state, federal, and other agencies.

b. Provide a mechanism for coordinating and resolving wireless communication issues among local, state, federal, and other agencies.

c. Coordinate statewide efforts for implementation of interoperable statewide voice and data networks.

d. Improve data and information sharing and coordination of multi-jurisdictional responses using the Utah SIEC.

e. Leverage existing state resources and develop a network that will provide seamless, coordinated, and integrated communication for local, state, federal, and other agencies.

f. Identify opportunities to consolidate infrastructures and technologies.

g. Evaluate current technologies and determine if they are meeting the needs of agency personnel in their respective service areas.

h. Develop and recommend short and long-term proposals for future communication needs.

i. Serve as Utah's State Interoperability Executive Committee (SIEC) as outlined and governed by the Federal Communications Commission.

i. Form Memorandums of Understanding (MOU) between agencies in support of proactive planning efforts.

ii. Create and maintain procedures for requesting interoperability channels.

iii. Administer interoperability spectrum.

iv. Develop and maintain a statewide interoperability plan.

3. Members of the board shall be a single appointment, made by their agency's Executive Director (or equivalent). The following agencies will be represented:

a. Utah National Guard

b. Utah Department of Transportation

c. Utah League of Cities and Towns

d. Utah Department of Public Safety

e. Utah Association of Counties

f. Utah Department of Natural Resources

g. Utah Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice

h. Utah Department of Health

i. Utah Department of Corrections

j. Utah Fire Chiefs Association

k. Utah Chiefs of Police

l. Utah Education Network

m. Utah Communications Agency Network

n. Utah Sheriff's Association

o. Utah Department of Technology Services

p. Utah Department of Community and Culture, Division of Indian Affairs

q. Ad-hoc local government representative of rural Utah

4. Members of the board shall serve without per diem or expenses.

5. Terms of officials serving on the board shall correspond to their terms of service in the relevant assignment within their agency.

6. The board's executive committee will consist of five members, one each from the Department of Public Safety, Department of Technology Services, Department of Health, the Utah Communication Agency Network, and a member representing rural local government.

a. The executive committee shall plan agendas and call meetings of the board.

b. The executive committee may meet as often as necessary, at the call of the chair.

7. The State's Chief Information Officer (CIO) will serve as the Chair of the Governance Board and the Executive Committee. The CIO may temporarily delegate this responsibility to another member of the Governance Board.

8. The Department of Technology Services shall provide staff support, with further support welcome from all participating agencies.

9. A majority of the board constitutes a quorum for voting purposes, and all actions shall be by majority vote of the quorum in attendance.

10. The board may meet as often as necessary to perform its duties, and shall meet at least quarterly.

11. The board may establish subcommittees and working groups to address wireless technology coordination and communication issues between agencies providing vital services to citizens.

12. The board shall prepare a brief annual report for the governor.

13. The board does not have the authority to require expenditure of public funds.

14. This order supplants Governor Walker's Executive Order creating the Utah Wireless Integrated Network (UWIN) on November 7, 2003.

15. This order shall remain in effect until revoked or supplanted by executive order.

IN WITNESS, WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused to be affixed the Great Seal of the State of Utah this 8th day of March, 2007.

(State Seal)

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.


Gary R. Herbert
Lieutenant Governor




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