FirstNet’s making progress with draft RFP, but road is fraught with potholes
Posted on: May 4, 2015

FirstNet’s making progress with draft RFP, but road is fraught with potholes
May 4th, 2015

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently released its report on the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet), finding, among other things, that while the organization has made progress, it still needs to complete a risk assessment, develop standards of conduct and come up with an evaluation plan for early builder projects.

FirstNet, which is tasked with establishing the first nationwide public-safety broadband network–something nobody has done before–responded that it was pleased about the part of the findings where the GAO said FirstNet has made progress in establishing an organizational structure, planning the network and consulting with stakeholders. “We also agree with the GAO’s recommendations for improvement in certain areas and will fully implement them,” FirstNet said in a statement.

Getting FirstNet on board with this kind of stuff is nothing new. It said something similar last year after the Department of Commerce’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued its report that faulted the group’s board members for failing to adhere to financial disclosure rules and not having adequate protections to monitor for conflicts of interest. At that time, FirstNet said it concurred with the IG’s recommendations, many of which it had already addressed, and it acknowledged administrative “missteps” that were made in its early days.

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