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Subject: Small personal update: RE: [emergency] FEMA IPAWS Note on CAPProfile

Hi Folks,

I just wanted to let you all know that I have managed to miss a 
couple of messages from this list over the last couple of days. As 
far as I can tell from cursorily checking the message archives, I 
only missed messages from Art Botterell and Patti Aymond on Tuesday, 
17 Feb 2009. I occasionally have had this problem in the past, and it 
is difficult to tell how it happens, but I will just assume that I 
inadvertently deleted these messages before I read them.

However, I did want to correct the record because in Art's message 
from the archive: 

he says

"Friends -

In the course of today's Emergency Management TC meeting a DHS 
representative expressed the opinion that OASIS is under a 
contractual obligations to expedite the processing of the IPAWS 
profile over and above the OASIS TC Process.  As we've been unable to 
obtain a copy of that contract, and considering that the numerous 
OASIS staff who were taking an active part in our meeting didn't 
appear to contradict that claim, I guess we have to assume that it's 

Therefore I'm forced, reluctantly, to the conclusion that this 
process is seriously compromised by conflicts of interest.  I have 
asked that my name be removed from the list of editors of the IPAWS 
draft and I will be considering whether renewing my agency's OASIS 
membership would be in the best interests of the people of Contra 
Costa County.

- Art

In the normal course of affairs I would have replied that as a 
subcontractor to OASIS in this effort, I had not been informed of any 
obligation to expedite the IPAWS profile "over and above the OASIS TC 
Process." In fact, in a separate message to the oasis-board-comment 
list, Sunday 15 Feb 2009, I made the statement that "To the best of 
my knowledge the TC Process is being followed."

I suspect we may have differing understandings of what constitutes 
"over and above the OASIS TC Process" but that is not what I am 
addressing. I am simply saying that I have not been informed in any 
way by any representative of OASIS or DHS S&T to explicitly expedite 
the IPAWS profile over and above OASIS TC Process. I don't recall the 
exact wording of Art's question or the response, but I did not take 
the exchange in the TC meeting Tuesday 17 Feb 2009 as constituting 
such instructions.


Rex Brooks
President, CEO
Starbourne Communications Design
GeoAddress: 1361-A Addison
Berkeley, CA 94702
Tel: 510-898-0670

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