This post is part of our “Spotlight on NTIA” blog series, which is highlighting the work that NTIA employees are doing to advance NTIA’s mission of promoting broadband adoption, finding spectrum to meet the growing demand for wireless technologies, and ensuring the Internet remains an engine for innovation and economic growth.
It’s not surprising that Mike Dame ended up working for the federal government on issues that ultimately will assist emergency first responders.
Dame, program director for NTIA’s State and Local Implementation Grant Program (SLIGP), grew up in the Washington area and his father worked for the Federal Aviation Administration. Dame had long planned to follow his Dad into public service, but had his hopes set on working for the FBI, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) or some other federal law enforcement agency.
Poor vision, however, derailed his plans for a federal law enforcement career so instead he switched his college major to a focus on government and politics. Despite this, Dame has still found ways to work on issues important to law enforcement while also fulfilling his desire for public service.