Veterans Employment with the Department of Homeland Security Webinars

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is committed to hiring veterans across the country in various fields. In fact, DHS is a leader in veterans’ employment across the federal government, employing more than 50,000 veterans.

 

As part of this commitment, DHS is seeking hundreds of qualified veterans to fill mission-critical positions in law enforcement, business operations, budget/finance/accounting, information technology, intelligence, and more.

 

Over the next several weeks, we will host webinars for veterans to provide information on DHS career opportunities, veterans appointing authorities, effective resume writing, veterans’ preference, and how to create a profile on USAJOBS and make resumes searchable. If you know of a veteran who is interested in a rewarding career with the Department, please encourage them to participate in one of the below webinars for more information.

 

Dates & Times (all are Eastern time)

  • Monday, July 17, 7 p.m.
  • Thursday, July 20, 10 a.m.
  • Monday, July 24, 7 p.m.
  • Thursday, July 27, 10 a.m.

 

To join the webinar, go to https://dhsconnect.connectsolutions.com/ochco/ and call 888-390-1069, access code 8005734
It is recommended that you log in prior to the webinar to test your connection

Please share this information with friends and family. To learn more, visit www.dhs.gov/recruitment.  For more information on career opportunities at DHS, please visit www.dhs.gov/careers.

FEMA Mitigation Notice of Funding Opportunity Webinars

FEMA has posted the Fiscal Year 2017 (FY17) Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) announcements for the Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) and Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) grant programs on www.grants.gov. These NOFOs provide an overview of the grant programs and details about the agency’s funding priorities and review process.  FEMA will offer a webinar on the FY17 NOFOs for prospective applicants.  This NOFO webinar will be offered twice, and applicants may attend either session:

  • Wednesday, July 19 at 2 pm Eastern Time (1 pm Central, 12 pm Mountain, 11 am Pacific)
  • Thursday, July 20 at 12 pm Eastern Time (11 am Central, 10 am Mountain, 9 am Pacific)

 

For the online portion, please join via the Internet: https://fema.connectsolutions.com/nofo/ and for audio, please call 1-800-320-4330 and enter conference code 502515.

 

In addition, FEMA will announce webinars covering project application development and applying via the Mitigation eGrants system at a later date.

 

FEMA will open the FY17 application period on August 14, 2017. Eligible applicants must apply for funding through the Mitigation eGrants system on the FEMA Grants Portal accessible at https://portal.fema.gov.  All applications must be submitted no later than 3 pm Eastern Time on November 14, 2017.

FEMA Announces New Hydraulic Fracturing Policy

On July 6, 2017, FEMA published a new policy to provide Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) program guidance on subsurface hydraulic fracturing and horizontal directional drilling (hydraulic fracturing/HDD), designating such activity as a compatible use when it occurs at the subsurface level, or below-ground, for properties acquired for open space with HMA funds.

 

In this policy, FEMA considered the practice of hydraulic fracturing/HDD activities and determined that based on the available information, the actions occurring in subsurface layers to extract natural gas or oil are uses that are generally compatible with open space. These actions generally do not increase flood risk or present an obstruction in the floodplain.  Additionally, they generally do not obstruct the natural and beneficial floodplain functions.

 

With regard to surface level activities, FEMA determined that related appurtenances, equipment, and/or wastewater disposal associated with hydraulic fracturing/HDD are not compatible uses with open space and they are not allowed on acquired land parcels.

FEMA Policy (FP-302-094-03) can be viewed online. Information about the Hazard Mitigation program is also available at www.fema.gov/hazard-mitigation-assistance.

FEMA Announces the Selection of the National Advisory Council Integrated Public Alert and Warning System Subcommittee Members

FEMA announced the selection of 31 qualified individuals to serve on the FEMA National Advisory Council (NAC) Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS) Subcommittee. The IPAWS Modernization Act of 2015 (Public Law 114-143) requires the FEMA Administrator to establish the IPAWS Subcommittee. The Subcommittee will terminate no later than April 2019.

 

Forty-four members will serve on the IPAWS Subcommittee:

  • Thirty-one qualified individuals from 13 categories, including four additional candidates to serve as FEMA Administrator Selections, as mandated in Public Law 114-143.
  • Eight senior federal leaders (or their designees)
  • Five members from the NAC who volunteered to serve.

 

FEMA published a Federal Register Notice in September 2016 announcing the call for applications.  A FEMA selection panel identified qualified individuals from the categories listed in the IPAWS Modernization Act. The IPAWS Subcommittee will hold their inaugural meeting on August 8-9, 2017, in Washington, D.C. They will meet up to four times per year at the discretion of the chairperson – two in person and two by video conferencing. Public Law 114-143 requires the Deputy Administrator for Protection and National Preparedness to chair the Subcommittee.

 

The IPAWS Program is responsible for implementing a national public alert and warning system, supporting presidential warning requirements, and enable its use by federal, state, tribal, territorial, and local officials during local emergencies. Further information on FEMA’s IPAWS program can be found at www.fema.gov/integrated-public-alert-warning-system.

 

The NAC is a federal advisory committee established to ensure effective and ongoing coordination of federal preparedness, protection, response, recovery and mitigation for natural disasters, acts of terrorism and other man-made disasters. The NAC advises the FEMA Administrator on all aspects of emergency management frameworks, strategies and plans, while incorporating the whole community’s input through appointed council members.

FEMA ANNOUNCES FUNDING AWARDS FOR FY 2016 PROGRAM TO PREPARE COMMUNITIES FOR COMPLEX COORDINATED TERRORIST ATTACKS

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) officials today announced funding awards for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 Program to Prepare Communities for Complex Coordinated Terrorist Attacks (CCTA Program).

The CCTA Program will provide $35.94 million to selected recipients to improve their ability to prepare for, prevent, and respond to complex coordinated terrorist attacks in collaboration with the whole community.

 

Terrorist incidents, such as those in London, England; Boston, Massachusetts; Nairobi, Kenya; San Bernardino, California; Paris, France; and Brussels, Belgium; highlight an emerging threat known as complex coordinated terrorist attacks.

 

The FY 2016 CCTA Program is intended to enhance resilience and build capacity for jurisdictions to address complex coordinated terrorist attacks that may occur across the nation. The selected recipients will receive funding specifically to develop and implement effective, sustainable, and regional approaches for enhancing preparedness for complex coordinated terrorist attacks, which include the following components: identifying capability gaps, developing and/or updating plans, training to implement plans and procedures, and conducting exercises to validate capabilities.

 

Applications were reviewed and scored independently by a peer review panel comprised of subject matter experts representing federal, state, local, territorial and tribal organizations that have experience and/or advanced training in complex coordinated terrorist attacks. Awards were made on a competitive basis to applicants who presented an ability to successfully meet the requirements described in the NOFO, taking into how well the applicant demonstrated:

  • A need for funding support;
  • Effective, sustainable and regional approaches;
  • The proposed project’s impact that presents an increase in the jurisdiction’s preparedness and resilience to complex coordinated terrorist attacks once the project is implemented; and
  • A reasonable and cost-effective budget.

 

FY 2016 CCTA Program funding is awarded to the following recipients:

  • Arlington County Government (Va.): $1,244,890
  • City of Aurora (Ill.): $1,373,809
  • City of Chicago Office of Emergency Management and Communications (Ill.): $699,502
  • City of Dallas (Texas): $925,000
  • City of Houston (Texas): $1,759,733
  • City of Los Angeles Mayor’s Office of Public Safety (Calif.): $1,223,225
  • City of Miami (Fla.): $723,260
  • City of Phoenix (Ariz.): $1,565,000
  • City of Winston-Salem (N.C.): $1,868,050
  • Durham County (N.C.): $931,500
  • East-West Gateway Council of Governments (Ill./Mo.): $1,474,716
  • Franklin County (Ohio) : $829,725
  • Galveston County (Texas): $976,896
  • Hawaii Department of Defense (Hawaii): $492,800
  • Illinois Emergency Management Agency (Ill.): $1,214,024
  • Indiana Department of Homeland Security (Ind.): $2,024,833
  • King County (Wash.): $1,516,723
  • Knox County (Tenn.): $536,250
  • Maryland Emergency Management Agency (Md.): $2,098,575
  • Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (D.C./Va.): $595,098
  • Mid-America Regional Council (Mo.): $2,251,502
  • New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services (N.Y.): $1,379,048
  • San Bernardino County (Calif.): $1,334,751
  • South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (S.C.): $1,530,020
  • South East Texas Regional Planning Commission (Texas): $1,076,336
  • Texas Department of Public Safety (Texas): $659,556
  • Unified Fire Authority of Greater Salt Lake (Utah): $1,043,800
  • Virginia Department of Emergency Management (Va.): $2,001,568
  • Wisconsin Emergency Management (Wis.): $589,810

IAEM member seeks volunteers to participate in Ph.D. research study

IAEM Student member and active duty Coast Guard Lieutenant Commander Michael Turanitza seeks volunteers to participate in his research study as he works to complete his Ph.D. in Emergency Management from Capella University. The study is “Perceived Barriers to Disaster Response Technology Adoption and Potential for Improved Operational Effectiveness.” The research questions being explored are: 1) Beyond the known financial constraints, what do first responders perceive as being barriers to disaster response technology adoption?; and 2) From the perspective of first responders, in what ways could removing these barriers affect disaster response operation efficiency? Participation would include a 60-90 minute face-to-face interview at a private public venue. Participation would be confidential and details will be provided to demonstrate how identity will be secured throughout the process. Those who are interested should email michael.turanitza@yahoo.com and put “Research Participant” in the subject line.

New guide released to help law enforcement agencies and fusion centers regarding use of open source information

The Real-Time and Open Source Analysis (ROSA) Resource Guide was released on July 10, and can be downloaded here. This document was developed by the National Network of Fusion Centers, in partnership with the ODNI Office of Partner Engagement-Information Sharing Environment (PE-ISE), the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and the associations represented on the Criminal Intelligence Coordinating Council (CICC), to assist law enforcement agencies and fusion centers in understanding the lawful and appropriate use of open source information, focusing on social media. It is designed to help law enforcement agencies and analytic personnel understand the potential tools and resources available to support law enforcement operational and analytic activities, while ensuring that related privacy, civil rights, and civil liberties concerns are addressed.