Liscouski takes reins of National Communications System

The Homeland Security Department's Robert Liscouski is adding a new charge to his list of duties as assistant secretary for information analysis and infrastructure protection. He's now the manager of the department's National Communications System.

NCS operates federal emergency telecommunications systems including the Government Emergency Telecommunications Service, the Wireless Priority Service and the Telecommunications Services Priority. All three services provide agencies preferential telecommunications access in the aftermath of a disaster.

Before the creation of Homeland Security, the program was under the aegis of the Defense Department.

As NCS manager, Liscouski will oversee plans for federal telecommunications during emergencies and propose funding for communications emergency preparedness. He must also act as a liaison with industry and other government agencies for planning emergency telecom services.

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