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Origin of the IAB

Sanctioned by the Attorney General of the United States, the InterAgency Board for Equipment Standardization and Interoperability (IAB) was founded by the Department of Defense's Consequence Management Program Integration Office and the Department of Justice's Federal Bureau of Investigation Weapons of Mass Destruction Countermeasures on October 13, 1998.

With the participation of various local, state, and federal government organizations, the IAB formulated its mission statement, organized the board into four SubGroups and two committees, developed a Charter, and identified the IAB Process and Strategic Objectives.

Mission of the IAB

The mission of the InterAgency Board is to strengthen the nation's ability to prepare for and respond safely and effectively to emergencies, disasters, and CBRNE incidents. The IAB will accomplish this by:

  • Emphasizing interoperability, compatibility, and standardization
  • Fostering a multidisciplinary perspective
  • Facilitating effective intergovernmental partnerships
  • Being a credible voice of the responder community
  • Being proactive
  • Sharing field operational experiences and practices