February 14, 2003 By Government Technology
The International County/City Management Association (ICMA) has partnered with the DOT to help facilitate the dialogue between local governments and the ITS Public Safety Program. To support the activities of the PSAG, ICMA is creating three Public Safety Liaison Groups made up of representatives from fire and rescue, law enforcement, emergency medical services, transportation, towing and recovery, HAZMAT, and local elected and appointed officials. Each Liason Group will convene in one of three regions across the country (members will represent the region where the meeting is held) offering a broader perspective on operational and policy issues. As a supplement to the PSAG, Liason Groups will identify barriers related to PSAG recommendations for implementation at the local level and offer strategies to overcome those barriers. Outcomes of Liason Group meetings will help PSAG make formal recommendations to DOT that effectively convey the perspective of public safety and transportation officials at the local level.
Liason Group members will discuss issues and provide input focused on the following three questions:
This Digital Communities white paper highlights discussions with IT officials in four counties that have adopted shared services models. Our aim was to learn about the obstacles these governments have faced when it comes to shared services and what it takes to overcome those roadblocks. We also spoke with several members of the IT industry who have thought long and hard about these issues. The paper offers some best practices for shared government-to-government services, but also points out challenges that government and industry still must overcome before this model gains widespread adoption.