The California Statewide Interoperability Executive Committee (CalSIEC) pronounced "Cal-Seek" was created in 2003 by the Governor's Office of Emergency Services (OES) now the California Emergency Management Agency (Cal EMA) under the authorities of the California Emergency Services Act (Government Code §8550 et seq). The committee was established in response to a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) task for states to manage federally designated interoperability frequencies. The FCC determined that the administrative and technical oversight of the Federally Designated Interoperability Spectrum including the new 700Mhz band should be performed at the state level. Given the state's established history of Mutual Aid Communications management, the Department of General Services notified the FCC that Cal EMA would undertake the administration of the Interoperability Spectrum. With oversight responsibility, CalEMA replaced several telecommunication committees and delegated the responsibility of administering all state and Federally designated Interoperability frequencies to CalSIEC.
The CalSIEC body consist of public safety and public service representatives from all levels of government (local, tribal,state, Federal) and all disciplines. Governance is comprised of several interacting layers including Planning Areas, Working Groups, and subcommittees. Collaboration with state agency representatives is done through the Public Safety Radio Strategic Planning Committee (PSRSPC). The coordination and collaboration between these two groups acknowledges and builds upon the shared understanding that interoperable communications planning depends heavily on inputs from stakeholders across the state.
The California Statewide Communications Interoperability Plan (CalSCIP) is a comprehensive roadmap that defines a robust mission and vision for improving voice and data interoperable communications in the state. The plan leverages the practitioner driven governance structure and accurately reflects objectives and initiatives that will drive California toward integrated statewide communications interoperability.