Department of Homeland Security Washington, DC 20528

November 30, 2010 Eric Neitzel National All-Risk Public Information Officer (PIO-1) Public Information Officer Show Low Fire Department

Dear Mr. Neitzel: On behalf of the Department of Homeland Security, Science and Technology Directorate's (S&T's) First Responder Technologies (R-Tech) program, I would like to officially invite you to join the RTech Virtual Social Media Working Group (VSMWG). You have been identified as an individual with significant experience and expertise with social media technologies in homeland security operations, and we believe your perspective will be valuable to this working group. The mission of the VSMWG is to provide recommendations to the emergency preparedness and response community on the safe and sustainable use of social media technologies before, during, and after emergencies. Additionally, the VSMWG will assist in establishing the First Responder Communities of Practice as a robust knowledge base and resource for current social media information relevant to the homeland security domain. Through virtual, interactive meetings, the VSMWG will work to identify and address responder issues and challenges, and build a knowledge base of helpful information on effective and safe use of social media. From time to time, the VSMWG will also engage with subject matter experts from different sectors to work on these issues. VSMWG members will collaborate to prioritize social media topics and projects, develop and publish best practices and policies, and evaluate (and potentially pilot) various technologies for their appropriate use within the homeland security enterprise. The First Responder Communities of Practice platform will serve as the primary location for the VSMWG to conduct its activities, share its developments, and connect with other public safety and homeland security professionals in innovative discussion about the value of social media for emergency preparedness, response, and recovery. All members serve on a voluntary basis. R-Tech requests that they serve a minimum six-month commitment. Please review the VSMWG Charter, which was previously provided for your reference. It contains detailed information on the membership, structure, and anticipated activities of the working group. Should you choose to accept a position on the VSMWG, please reply to Sarah Kish at 202-955-9433 or via e-mail at skish@ghinternational.com by Friday, December 3, 2010 to indicate which, if any, of the dates listed below you would not be available to participate in a one-hour kickoff call: • • December 7, 2010 between 12:00 PM and 5:00 PM EST December 9, 2010 between 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM EST

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December 13, 2010 between 12:00 PM and 5:00 PM EST December 15, 2010 between 12:00 PM and 5:00 PM EST

I look forward to hearing from you and I hope that you will be able to join us in this unique and you exciting opportunity.

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