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James DownesChief of the Federal and International Emergency Communications BranchDHS CISA

Mr. Downes was assigned to the Department of Homeland Security in March 2003 and is currently assigned to the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency in the Emergency Communications Division. He is currently the Chief of the Federal and International Emergency Communications Branch primarily focused on emergency communications supporting the public safety community. He has worked for more than 45 years in wireless communications, primarily in the public safety and Federal law enforcement areas. He managed the Federal Partnership for Interoperable Communications (FPIC), which involves a number of Federal user agencies in addition to state and local participants striving to improve interoperability at all levels of government, for more than 15 years. He has been involved in the Project 25 Standards Activity since 1993 and is currently the Chair of the Project 25 Steering Committee. He also represents DHS – CISA and the FPIC, as a voting member, in the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) TR-8 standards development activities and previously served as the Chair of the Project 25 Technology Interest Group (PTIG) for more than four years