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GSN Magazine June 2016 Digital Edition

DHS Announces Grant

DHS Announces Grant Allocations for Fiscal Year 2016 Preparedness Grants June 29, 2016 - As part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) ongoing efforts to support state, local, tribal, and territorial partners, Secretary Jeh Johnson today announced final allocations of $275 million for six Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 DHS competitive preparedness grant programs. These DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson allocations, in addition to the more than $1.3 billion in non-competitive grant funding announced by Secretary Johnson in February, total more than $1.6 billion in FY 2016 to assist states, urban areas, tribal and territorial governments, nonprofit agencies, and the private sector with their preparedness efforts. “In an ever-changing threat environment, our homeland security grants demonstrate the Department’s continued commitment to strengthening the nation’s preparedness and ability to respond to a wide variety of emergencies,” said Secretary Johnson. “These 2016 homeland security grant allocations will support our partners at all levels of government and the private sector, ensuring we remain vigilant and keep the homeland secure.” Together with previous grant funding awarded since 2002, DHS has awarded more than $47 billion to these partners. Preparedness grants strengthen our nation’s ability to prevent, protect against, mitigate, respond to, and recover from terrorist attacks, major disasters, and other emergencies in support of the National Preparedness Goal and the National Preparedness System. The FY 2016 grants focus on the nation’s highest risk areas, including urban areas that continue to face the most significant threats. Consistent with previous grant guidance, dedicated funding is provided for law enforcement and terrorism prevention activities throughout the country to prepare for, prevent, and respond to pre-operational activity and other crimes that are precursors or indicators of terrorist activity. Competitive Grant Program Allocations for Fiscal Year 2016: Port Security Grant Program (PSGP) — a competitive grant that provides $100 million to help protect critical 34 port infrastructure from terrorism, enhance maritime domain awareness, improve port-wide maritime security risk management, and maintain or reestablish maritime security mitigation protocols that support port recovery and resiliency capabilities. Transit Security Grant Program (TSGP) — a competitive grant that provides $87 million to owners and operators of transit systems to protect critical surface transportation and the traveling public from acts of terrorism and to increase the resilience of transit infrastructure. Operation Stonegarden (OPSG)— a competitive grant that provides $55 million to enhance cooperation and coordination among local, tribal, territorial, state, and federal law enforcement agencies to jointly enhance security along the United States’ land and water borders where there are ongoing Customs and Border Protection missions. Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP) — a competitive grant that provides $20 million to support target hardening and other physical se- More on page 46

Call for Nominations: DHS requests nominations for 2016 National Seminar and Tabletop Exercise (NITX) The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) requests topic/exercise scenario nominations for the 2016 National Seminar and Tabletop Exercise (NTTX) for Institutions of Higher Education. The 2016 NTTX will engage college and university representatives in workshop sessions and a tabletop exercise designed to help prepare participants to respond to a campus emergency. The tabletop exercise will engage team members and get the participants to work together to manage the response to a hypothetical incident. The overall event seeks to enhance knowledge of emergency operations planning, allow participants to improve their own performance and identify opportunities to improve capabilities to respond to real events. The DHS Office of Academic Engagement (OAE), in collaboration with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) would like input on topics/exercise scenarios from the higher education and emergency management communities given their equities to and expertise in campus resilience emerging issues and trends impacting colleges and universities. The 2016 NTTX will take place in late October or early November. Topic/exercise scenario nominations must be received by June 17, 2016. About the NTTX The NTTX is a series of campusbased events to test and promote campus resilience. Each event in the series includes workshops and an exercise scenario focused on a specific resilience-related topic impacting the higher education community. DHS launched the inaugural event in October 2014 at Northeastern University, providing insight into common planning, preparedness, and resilience best practices and challenges of the academic community when faced with an infectious disease outbreak. The second event in the series occurred in October 2015 at Indiana University and focused on the cyber threat landscape across the U.S. higher education community. 35 Selection Criteria Nominated topics/exercise scenarios should reflect campus resilience issues or trends that impact the college and university community. Topics/exercise scenarios should also align with DHS core missions: 1. Prevent terrorism and enhancing security; 2. Secure and manage our borders; 3. Enforce and administer our immigration laws; 4. Safeguard and secure cyberspace; and 5. Ensure resilience to disasters. Please submit your recommended topic/exercise scenario nominations in order of priority. OAE will review topic/exercise scenario recommendations in coordination with FEMA to select the topic for the 2016 NTTX. Upon selection of the topic/ exercise scenario, OAE will begin outreach in July for participation in the fall event. Nomination Process Please send topic/exercise scenario nominations via email directly to More on page 45