Statewide Interoperability Executive Committee (SIEC)

Welcome to the SIEC

Welcome to the SIEC

Welcome to the North Dakota Statewide Interoperability Executive Committee website, your source for SIEC, FirstNet, and SIRN 20/20 events and information.


FirstNet in the News! 

The National Telecommunications And Information Administration awarded funds to the State of North Dakota as part of second round of grants in support of the FirstNet program.  Funding is intended to support ND FirstNet in coordinating FirstNet needs with the State's public safety community at the local, regional, and State level.  For more details on the grant, please visit the NTIA below link.  

NTIA State and Local Implementation Grant Program 2.0


Mission Statement

The Statewide Interoperability Executive Committee (SIEC) will oversee interoperable communications throughout the state of North Dakota.  As charged by the sixty-fifth legislature, it will monitor and, through recommendations, guide the implementation of the statewide interoperable radio network.  The committee shall prepare recommendations regarding a statewide integrated radio system with due consideration for all stakeholders reliant upon a radio communication system.  It will also monitor and facilitate the use of appropriate state wireless spectrum used for public safety to ensure interoperable communications.


Welcome to the new ND FirstNet website! 

Signed into law on February 22, 2012, the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act created the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet). The law gives FirstNet the mission to build, operate and maintain the first high-speed, nationwide wireless broadband network dedicated to public safety. FirstNet will provide a single interoperable platform for emergency and daily public safety communications.

North Dakota's IT Department and Department of Emergency Services are partnered in planning for Public Safety Broadband needs. Because of the wide availability of LTE (Long Term Evolution, 4G) technology from the private sector, the Federal Government's FirstNet has also specified LTE as the standard it is aligned with – our planning efforts focus on using this technology for mobile broadband access.


FirstNet in the News! 

The National Telecommunications And Information Administration awarded funds to the State of North Dakota as part of second round of grants in support of the FirstNet program.  Funding is intended to support ND FirstNet in coordinating FirstNet needs with the State's public safety community at the local, regional, and State level.  For more details on the grant, please visit the NTIA below link.  

NTIA State and Local Implementation Grant Program 2.0

North Dakota Past Events​

  • Gov. Doug Burgum announced on December 22, 2017 that North Dakota will participate in the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) with AT&T to establish a wireless communications network that will help first responders better serve and protect the public in times of need. To read the Governor's full announcement, please click on this link, Governor Burgum announces North Dakota FirstNet participation.

  • North Dakota attends FirstNet June 7-8 State Plans SPOC Meeting in Dallas, Tx

  • ND FirstNet team invited to attend the fall FirstNet conference and receive updates on the Federal program.  Highlights below 

  • FirstNet Federal Program Office draft environmental impact statement review meeting in Bismarck, ND.  Click here for details.    

  • FirstNet visited North Dakota to talk about their activities (July 2016) - The visit from the Region 8 FirstNet team, hosted by the ITD Public Safety Programs Director, Derrick Walker, reviewed ongoing efforts with the Statewide Interoperable Executive Committee as FirstNet prepares the Federal program for post contract award.  Click here to view the presentation!

  • North Dakota Consultation with FirstNet (March 2016) - North Dakota hosted a visit from the FirstNet Government Outreach team.  FirstNet representatives presented the 2016 Consultation plan and discussed what will be happening in the next 12-18 months.  

Welcome to the North Dakota Statewide Interoperability Executive Committee, sometimes known as the SIEC. As a guiding committee established to improve public safety communications across the State of North Dakota, our members are committed to the representative and collaborative promotion of interoperable communications statewide.


Officially established by Governor Jack Dalrymple on September 14, 2012 under Executive Order 2012-10, the Statewide Interoperability Executive Committee, or SIEC, was envisioned as a collaboration among representatives from state agencies and responder groups from across North Dakota counties, townships and cities for the purpose of continually improving effective communication between emergency first responders, emergency management personnel and other emergency service providers critical for federal, state and local governments during an emergency.

During the 63rd Legislative Assembly, the Legislature codified the work of the SIEC, establishing the Committee as a permanent body under NDCC 37-17.3-02.1. with a diverse membership under the premise that a statewide integrated radio communication system will more effectively serve the goals of law enforcement and emergency response personnel and thereby better serve the people of North Dakota.

The 65th Legislative Assembly continued to mature the make up of the committee, adding three new members, including representatives from the House and Senate as well as adding the ND Indian Affairs Commission to the panel in order to ensure inclusion across all aspects of North Dakota public safety, planning, procurement, and operations.


The membership of the SIEC includes a diverse body of representatives from across the State as well as key state agencies, important to the daily operation, maintenance and support of current and future radio communications within North Dakota.

The SIEC Chair and Vice Chair are elected by the Committee to serve two year terms.  The North Dakota Chief Information Officer's designee is the current Committee Chairman, with the representative of the North Dakota Fire Chiefs Association serving as the current Vice Chair.


Earlier this year, the North Dakota Legislative Assembly provided enabling legislation that was a major step to begin the process of shaping and advancing public safety communications in our State.  It allows the SIEC to collectively transition from studying the viability of implementing a statewide solution to begin down the path of executing the vision.  The SIEC felt incumbent to first respond to key feedback that was gathered during the study, whereby the stakeholder community very clearly articulated;  1) a clear intent to engage and be part of the process, and 2) intent to be part of the solution and 3) the necessity of local communities having a voice in how the solution is built and managed.  In response to that feedback, the SIEC unanimously approved and stood up a comprehensive governing organization.  

In the past six months, the SIEC successfully stood up a SIRN focused subcommittee and sponsored the stand up of eight Coordinated Regional Interoperability Boards across the State, to include election of officers and initiation of meetings. 

Governance Program Guide (updated February 7, 2020)

Coordinated Regional Interoperability Boards

Northeast Northwest Southwest Southeast
Benson Bottineau Adams Barnes
Cavalier Burke Billings Cass
Eddy Divide Bowman Dickey
Foster McHenry Burleigh Kidder
Grand Forks McKenzie Dunn LaMoure
Griggs McLean Emmons Logan
Nelson Mountrail Golden Valley McIntosh
Pembina Renville Grant Ransom
Pierce Sheridan Hettinger Richland
Ramsey  Three Affiliated Tribes Mercer Sargent
Rolette/Turtle Mountain Ward Morton Stutsman
Steele Williams Oliver  
Towner   Sioux  
Traill   Slope  
Walsh   Stark  

SIRN Subcommittee

- 2 members from each regional board for eight total

- 4 members appointed by the SIEC

Public Meetings

Currently the SIEC meets once a month to discuss relevant topics, review the progress of the FirstNet and SIRN initiatives and confer on matters affecting the interoperability of public safety communications across the State of North Dakota.  Meeting agendas are posted on the State’s Public Notice Website

The Coordinated Regional Interoperability Board and SIRN Subcommittee are in the process of establishing normal meeting times and dates but can also be found on the State’s Public Notice Website.

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