Virtual USA

Virtual USA (VUSA) is joined federal and state cooperation was Project That Would allow state and local online tools and technologies, Such As caches of geospatial data, to be interoperable and more Useful with the goal of Creating a “Virtual USA “for emergency response purposes. [1] The initiative Was developed by the DHS Directorate for Science and Technology (S & T), and Currently Operates as a pilot in eight states – Alabama , Georgia , Florida , Louisiana , Mississippi , Texas , Virginia and Tennessee – with plans to incorporate additional states. [2]

Virtual USA is part of the DHS ‘Open Government Plan, which is part of the Obama administration’s goal to promote a greater amount of transparency and openness between the government and citizens. [3]

Purpose and overview

The stated goal of Virtual USA is to aggregate existing data, from federal, state, local, tribal, and other information into a common operating picture to assist first responders during emergencies.

Virtual USA:

  • Virtual USA uses information to share information with others.
  • Virtual USA is based on the needs of local and state first responders to manage data access Within Their Own jurisdictions and to share information with relevant jurisdictions across the United States.
  • Virtual USA is not limited to information exchanges between two agencies; Instead, the initiative fosters information sharing among all federal, state, local and tribal authorities.
  • Virtual USA uses open -source software , more states and localities are able to join this information exchange project.
  • USA Virtual Allows Americans In Their Own communities to contribuer information-in real-time to supporting the efforts of Police , fire and emergency management Officials During disasters and recovery efforts. [4]


  • In the state of Virginia, Virtual USA has reduced response times to incidents involving hazardous materials by 70 percent.

Similar systems

  • Virtual Alabama

See also

  • Joint Regional Information Exchange System
  • Multistate Anti-Terrorism Information Exchange
  • Regional Information Sharing Systems


  1. Jump up^ Bain, Ben (February 25, 2009). “Officials eye a geospatial ‘Virtual USA ‘ ” . Federal Computer Week . Retrieved 18 April 2010 .
  2. Jump up^ “Homeland Security Information Network” . Department of Homeland Security (official site) . Retrieved 18 April 2010 .
  3. Jump up^ “DHS announces ‘Open Government’ plan” . . April 8, 2010 . Retrieved 19 April 2010 .
  4. Jump up^ “Homeland Security Information Network” . Department of Homeland Security (official site) . Retrieved 18 April 2010 .

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