FirstNet Making Progress, But Hasn’t Fully Assessed Risks, Lessons Learned, GAO Says
Posted on: April 28, 2015
Anthony Kimery
April 28, 2015

The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) still hasn’t “fully assessed its risks or established standards of conduct,” or fully assessed risks which “could help FirstNet achieve its objectives and maximize use of its resources,” concluded the 72-page Government Accountability Office (GAO) audit of FirstNet.

In addition, the nationwide public-safety broadband network also “faces difficult decisions determining how to fund the network’s construction and ongoing operations. These estimates indicate the cost to construct and operate such a network could be from $12 to $47 billion over the first 10 years,” GAO said.

“Given that FirstNet faces numerous risks to achieve its complex objectives,” GAO said FirstNet needs to develop standards of conduct to address any performance issues in a timely manner.

Overall, GAO said FirstNet is making steady progress.

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