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Computer Aided Dispatch Standardization (CADS)

WildCAD Update

December 8, 2015

Support for WildCAD is under the management of Wildland Fire Information Technology (WFIT) and no longer a part of the Interagency Dispatch Implementation Project (IDIP).

Computer Aided Dispatch Standardization (CADS) Update - April 7, 2016

The Computer Aided Dispatch Standardization (CADS) Integrated Project Team (IPT) met in Boise, ID the week of March 14, 2016. The IPT held an Industry Day on March 15, 2016. Representatives from industry potentially interested in bidding on the CADS system attended in person and via teleconference. The IPT members presented the Request for Information (RFI) requirements, answered questions and watched vendor demonstrations of off the shelf software systems.

During the remainder of the week, the IPT incorporated the user-provided comments, information gleaned from Industry Day and additional agency feedback to refine and strengthen the RFI and continued work on the CADS Business Case. The Contracting Officer published an amended RFI to the FedBizOpps website and extended the vendor response deadline to May 6. This will enable potential vendors to provide more focused responses, while also allowing additional time for internal comments.

The CADS team appreciates all comments and encourages all interested people to review the revised RFI and send feedback to

CADS Project Update Webinar

The CADS project shared details of the Request for Information (RFI) and solicited input from users in a webinar on February 29, 2016.

CADS Request for Information

The second Request for Information (RFI) for the Computer Aided Dispatch Standardization (CADS) is available on

This announcement is intended to solicit information from potential vendors and from CAD users to help define the system requirements. If you are a user of a CAD application in dispatch or are otherwise interested, PLEASE take the time to review and comment on this announcement.

This public announcement enables you to provide feedback to the CADS effort before the solicitation development returns to procurement sensitive/confidential status. It is imperative that stakeholders, users, and customers take the opportunity to review the draft requirements and provide any feedback prior to April 1, 2016.

The Industry Day mentioned in the notice is directed towards potential vendors and, due to the potential for presentation of proprietary vendor information, is not open to stakeholders or other interested parties outside the CADS team. Soon the IDIP team will issue an announcement about our plans to hold a government-only virtual “road show” for interested users, stakeholders and others. The “road show” will include internal discussion of these draft requirements.

Please respond with questions, comments, and/or concerns to so that the CADS team can include your feedback in the project.


The Computer Aided Dispatch Standardization tasks include:

  • Meet the requirement of both Departments and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to report each agency's IT acquisitions. Provide documentation as required by the Clinger-Cohen Act of 1996.
  • Examine COTS CAD capabilities to meet the mission and produces a minimum needs assessment for future acquisitions.
  • Develop business case and investment proposals for Wildland Fire Information and Technology (WFIT) review and approval.
  • Upon approval to proceed with an investment, provide ongoing dispatch business support and engagement for implementing the investment decision.
  • Develop functional requirements for dispatch operations (e.g. radio consoles, telephone systems/sets, computer system capability, software suites/licensing, printers and IT support) while improving consistency and compatibility.

Team Leaders

  • Laura Hill
  • Betsy Walatka
  • Ken Maas

Subject Matter Experts

  • Celeste Hancock
  • Barry Wallace
  • Nancy Ellsworth
  • Jennifer Parrish
  • Raymond Crowe
  • Traci Beaudin
  • Norval Tyler