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About the InterAgency Board

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.

Starting in 2008, the IAB began the process to reorganize. Specifically, the IAB convened a strategic planning group to review its current mission, strengths, and areas of improvement and goals for the upcoming years. To achieve the new mission and values set forth by this group, the IAB reorganized its structure. The IAB is now organized into seven SubGroups and two Committees. For more information on the IAB’s structure, please visit the Structure page.

Leadership Team

The Leadership Team is comprised of one IAB Chair and three Deputy Chairs who are selected among the ranks of membership. All positions are only eligible to active state & local first responders, Each position serves a two-year term.

IAB Chair
Gerard Fontana
Chief of Operations
Boston (MA) Fire Department
IAB Deputy Chair
Sandy Bogucki
EMS Medical Director
Branford (CT) Fire Department
IAB Deputy Chair
Charles Cordova
Assistant Chief-Fire Marshal
Seattle (WA) Fire Department
IAB Deputy Chair & Project Co-Lead
John Incontro
Chief
City of San Marino (CA) Police Department

Federal Agency Coordination Committee

FACC Chair
Michael Walter
BioWatch Program Manager
DHS-OHA-BioWatch

Current FACC Partners

The Leadership Team is comprised of one IAB Chair and two Deputy Chairs who are selected among the ranks of membership. All positions are only eligible to active state & local first responders. Each position serves a two-year term.

Department of Defense
  • Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical and Biological Defense
  • Joint Program Manager
  • Homeland Defense and Americas’ Security Affairs
  • National Guard Bureau
  • Combating Terrorism Technical Support Office, Technical Support Working Group
Department of Homeland Security
  • Emergency Services Branch, Office of Infrastructure Protection
  • Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Grants Program Directorate
  • FEMA, National Preparedness Directorate
  • Office of Health Affairs, BioWatch Program
  • Science & Technology Directorate (S&T), Support to Homeland Security Enterprise & First Responders Group
  • S&T Directorate, Acquisition Support & Operations Analysis Group, Office of Standards
Department of Justice
  • Office of Justice Programs, National Institute of Justice and Bureau of Justice Assistance
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
  • National Personal Protective Technology Laboratory