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Interagency Operations Centers

IOC transitioned to sustainment

Why this program?

Interagency Operations Centers (IOC) bring together federal, state, local, tribal, international, public and private stakeholders in a multi-agency cooperative environment. An IOC is a matrix organization conducting joint planning and assignment of resources to mission demands supported by – but not dependent upon – a brick and mortar watch floor.

The Security and Accountability for Every Port Act of 2006 mandated the establishment of IOCs in all high-priority ports to better plan, coordinate and execute operations among interagency partners, primarily in the context of maritime security. The Secretary of Homeland Security delegated the authority to establish IOCs to the Commandant of the Coast Guard.

To accomplish the IOC objective, the Coast Guard established the IOC acquisition program in 2008 to design, develop and deploy an information management system, WatchKeeper, to support the functions of the IOC and to improve multi-agency maritime security operations at 37 U.S. ports. WatchKeeper was incrementally released to the field as a technology demonstrator; IOC Charleston, South Carolina, was the first sector to receive WatchKeeper in 2010. The acquisition program’s final major software build, Version 2.0.1, was delivered to the field in February 2014.


Acquisition Milestones

2006 Every Port Act of 2006
March 28, 2008 Acquisition program for IOC chartered to develop WatchKeeper
2010 WatchKeeper released to first sector, South Carolina
February 2014 Final major software build Version 2.0.1 delivered to field
Oct. 2, 2014 IOC transitions to sustainment


IOC Fact Sheet