OGI 2-1 - A Collaborative Model for Innovation: Virtual USA


9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

David Boyd


Director: Command, Control and Interoperability Division

Department of Homeland Security, Science and Technology Directorate

Bob Greenberg

Virtual USA & First Responder Communities of Practice

Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology Directorate

Jose Vazquez

Director, First Responder Technologies Program (R-Tech)

Department of Homeland Security, Science and Technology Directorate

Virtual USA (vUSA) is a practitioner-driven Department of Homeland Security nitiative that aims to establish a cost-effective nationwide capability to significantly improve information sharing and decision-making during both emergencies and day-to-day operations. Based on current and emerging technologies, vUSA integrates existing information sharing frameworks and technologies to enable collaboration at all levels of government and provide critical context for information – thereby making such information actionable. This panel will:

> Provide an update on the dynamic regional partnerships (13 states, 26 % of the nation)

> Share lessons learned and best practices, as well as challenges and opportunities, in both the technical and operational contexts discovered in the two ongoing regional information sharing pilots.

> How this information sharing pilot is transforming the way the emergency management and response (EMR) community does business and significantly improving their mission effectiveness

> How vUSA serves as a national model for collaboration and improved business processes for government at all levels