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Subject: FW: Partnership success

Elysa Jones, Chair of OASIS Emergency Management TC,
It is my distinct pleasure to pass along to you the hearty thanks from Chip
Hines, Disaster Management Program Manager, US Department of Homeland
Security, for the contribution of OASIS and the OASIS Emergency Management TC
in helping his Disaster Management eGov Initiative win an excellence.gov

Let me also add my thanks for the excellent leadership you have provided to
the OASIS EM TC and for expending your time to work with OASIS staff and help
us understand the support needs of this important work at OASIS.  I also send
a big thanks to all of the members of the OASIS EM TC!

As we prepare to move forward with the Emergency Interoperability Member
Section, please let me know what else the OASIS staff can be doing to support
the efforts of all of the volunteers working on this effort, not only to
support the goals and programs within the USA, but also in extending this
important work to help our fellow citizens of the world.

Warmest regards,

Patrick Gannon
President & CEO
+1.978.667.5115 x201  - office
+1.978.761.3546       - mobile
Skype: pgannon


From: Hines, Chip [mailto:chip.hines@dhs.gov] 
Sent: Friday, February 23, 2007 1:33 PM
To: patrick.gannon@oasis-open.org
Subject: Partnership success


Earlier this week I learned that the Disaster Management eGov Initiative had
won an excellence.gov award for "excellence in leveraging technology to
enhance collaboration".  I am very proud of this accomplishment, but I
recognize that our program is merely a representative of a larger partnership
that actually achieved the successes by working together.  This note is to
thank you for the role OASIS, particularly the Emergency Management Technical
Committee, has played in this effort.

I have been extremely pleased with our partnership with OASIS.  The end result
has been the delivery of thorough, professional standards that are already
working to make the emergency management related fields more able to share
information and improve results. When we started the partnership I was
concerned about the ability to provide capabilities quickly - I was aware of
the lengthy process that standards development and publication can be, and
didn't think this approach was acceptable.

Our experience in working with OASIS has pretty much put that to rest.  I have
found that the representatives of your organization were willing and anxious
to help accelerate the process, with the result being a much improved standard
that is also thoroughly vetted and valuable.

Ive also found that working with OASIS has helped us speed the implementation
of the standards into end products.  Our goal isn't just to have standards
available, but to get to the bottom line - the practical, real time ability to
exchange information where needed.  If a standard isn't being used, it isn't
meeting our underlying need, and the work we've done with OASIS has helped
address that issue.

Please accept my thanks for your work as it helps our program and thus the
nation.  Just as importantly, I hope you will share my pride in the award we
just received because I believe that it is the full partnership that we have
with a few organizations like OASIS that earned the award.

I hope you will also pass on my thanks to your Chair of the Emergency
Management Technical Committee, Elysa Jones.  Elysa is a natural leader, and a
real driving force behind the standards work that needs to be done.  She has
consistently been an outstanding performer technically, professionally and in
her interactions with the many people who participate in this effort.

Chip Hines, PMP
Disaster Management Program Manager
Command, Control and Interoperability
Science and Technology
Department of Homeland Security
(202) 254-6742


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