I'll be going to NASCIO on Monday and will try to share what I learn there. NASCIO just issued several awards, including one to South Dakota for a statewide trunked VHF radio network. This network includes one mobile data channel that operates at 9600 baud and supports 8,500 radios. UCAN, Utah's public safety / homeland security 800 MHz voice network now supports 12,000+ radios, everything from fire and police to transportation and public works. We're now in the process of connecting it to our statewide VHF network, as well as expanding data throughout the state. We had a great visit with agencies in Washington and Iron County yesterday to understand their needs and had the UWIN Governance Board meeting this morning. The Technology Steering Committee will meet later and we have a 700 MHz regional steering committee kickoff tentatively planned for November 21st. Details will be made available on the FCC website as soon as they are finalized.
Karen Evans will be heard from a lot now that she assumes Mark Forman's role over eGov at the Federal level. EPA has plans to expand NEIEN to 20 states. (previous post on the National Environmental Information Exchange Network). NEIEN will also increase state collaboration with federal health agencies. As per an MOU between EPA and HHS:
"As a cornerstone of this collaborative commitment, EPA and HHS will take advantage of ongoing, cross-institutional initiatives to develop and link environmental health information sources, namely the EPA National Environmental Information Exchange Network (NEIEN) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) National Environmental Public Health Tracking Network (NEPHTN). The linkage of these two systems will utilize and enhance information technology tools to advance the analysis and dissemination of information obtained to various audiences. This joint effort between EPA and HHS also has the potential to increase environmental and health infrastructure and capacity at the local, state, and national level by coordinating and integrating electronic reporting of hazard, exposure, and health data."
I don't know too much yet about NEPHTN.