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DHS classHere are some of my courses for Department of Homeland Security Master’s Degree Program.


The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s National Preparedness Directorate, FEMA and the Naval Postgraduate School Center for Homeland Defense and Security (CHDS) have pioneered graduate education programs for homeland security. Over the last nine years, CHDS has built a cadre of graduate education programs and resources used by universities and agencies across the country. The M.A. program is offered at no cost to eligible local, tribal, state, and federal officials. To accommodate participants’ time constraints, NPS requires students to be in residence only two weeks every quarter (for a total of twelve weeks for the whole program). Students complete the remainder of their coursework via the web. The degree is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and is awarded by the Naval Postgraduate School. The degree provides leaders with the knowledge and skills to:

  • Develop strategies, plans and programs to prevent terrorist attacks within the United States, and reduce America’s vulnerability to terrorism;
  • Build the organizational arrangements needed to strengthen homeland security, including local/tribal/state/federal, civil-military and interagency cooperation;
  • Help mayors, governors, and federal officials improve homeland security preparedness by conducting “real world” actionable policy and strategy development.

Master’s Program Curriculum and Course Descriptions

The curriculum is structured around the key policy and organizational design problems that future homeland security leaders are likely to confront, and the analytic skills they will need to meet those challenges.


The curriculum is structured around the key policy and organizational design problems that future homeland security leaders are likely to confront, and the analytic skills they will need to meet those challenges. Each course in the curriculum requires students to master the core issues, principles and problem-solving approaches for the topic in question, and apply those fundamentals to the specific challenges confronting their own jurisdictions or sponsoring organizations. The courses are sequenced and integrated to strengthen the overall cohesion of the curriculum, and enhance its effectiveness as professional, graduate-level education.

Students admitted to the 18-month program already hold positions with significant homeland security-related responsibilities. The demands of their jobs prevent most of these professionals from enrolling in a traditional in-residence MA program. To accommodate their time constraints, NPS requires students to be in residence only two weeks every quarter (for a total of twelve weeks for the whole program). Students complete the remainder of their coursework via the web. The program uses a “blended” learning approach in delivery of course material and learning experiences. Four features strengthen this web-based learning:

  1. Online collaborative tools such as forums, wikis, blogs, and messaging facilitate discussion, debate and collaboration among program participants and faculty. Course materials are easily accessible online in various forms, including streaming media lectures, audio recordings of required readings, printed text, and more.
  2. Students engage in active learning through exercises, use case studies, and simulations. Students apply their newly gained theoretical insights and analytic skills in a risk-free environment where strategies and policies can be tested.
  3. Students complete research papers and a Master’s Degree thesis on actual policy development issues confronting their state, city or sponsoring organizations. Many research papers are already being operationalized and implemented by government organizations around the country.
  4. Student work is facilitated by the nation’s premier Homeland Security Digital Library (HSDL) which provides access to key policy and strategy holdings across the full range of homeland security-related topics.

Course Descriptions

Find a list of texts assigned for each course

NS3180: Introduction to Homeland Security

This course provides an overview of the essential ideas that constitute the emerging discipline of homeland security. It has two central objectives: to expand the way participants think, analyze and communicate about homeland security; and to assess knowledge in critical homeland security knowledge domains: including strategy, history, terrorism, fear management, crisis communication, conventional and unconventional threats, network leadership, weapons of mass destruction, lessons learned from other nations, civil liberties and security, intelligence and information, homeland security technology, and analytics. The course is organized around an evolving narrative about what homeland security leaders need and how the CHDS program helps address those needs.

DA3210: The Unconventional Threat to Homeland Security

The purpose of this course is to provide an introduction to the operational and organizational dynamics of terrorism. It considers those who act as individuals, in small groups or in large organizations; it considers indigenous actors as well as those who come to the United States to raise money, recruit or commit their acts of violence. In every instance, its focus is on violent clandestine activity that, whatever its motivation, has a political purpose or effect. The course addresses such specific topics as suicide terrorism, the role of the media, innovation and technology acquisition, the decline of terrorism and ways of measuring the effect of counterterrorism policies and strategies. The course also looks briefly at sabotage. By the end of the course, students should be able to design effective measures for countering and responding to terrorism based on an understanding of its organizational and operational dynamics.

NS2013: Research and Writing for Homeland Security

The purpose of the research sequence (NS 2013 and NS 4081) is to advance your critical thinking, research and inquiry skills; you will use these skills to produce a strong thesis proposal (in this course sequence), and then later for the final thesis. We will identify and practice the main steps and modalities of good research. This will include exposure to a variety of research methods from which you will choose at least one for your thesis project and develop with the help of your thesis committee. The goal of the sequence is to support the degree objectives of the CHDS Master’s program by preparing you to conduct graduate-level, policy-relevant research and deliver the results of this research in an academically rigorous thesis. The thesis is arguably your primary deliverable in the Master’s program. By the end of the NS 2013-NS 4081 sequence, you will have prepared a proposal for a thesis that is intellectually rigorous, feasible, and reflects the policy interests and needs of the homeland security community.

IS4010: Technology for Homeland Security

Government agencies in today’s Information Age are more dependent than ever on technology and information sharing. This course provides individuals involved in homeland security a broad overview of homeland security technology, information systems, inspections and surveillance technology, communications, knowledge management and information security. The course focuses on technology as a tool to support homeland security personnel regardless of functional specialty. The methodology used in the course will frame technology in terms of its contribution to deterrence; preemption; prevention; protection; response after an attack.

societyforintelligenceandnationalsecuritylogo_350The study of principles and theory is combined with homeland security examples and cases. Students will gain a perspective on the important role of senior management in enterprise level computing and their personal role as change agents and dealing with “disruptive technologies.” The objective is to empower the student to influence the plans and actions of homeland security organizations in preventing and preparing for homeland security, homeland defense, and terrorism. Another primary objective of the course is to help the students recognize the possibilities of new technology and novel applications of policies or laws to address threats. The knowledge and skills acquired will make students more effective technology users and help them to recognize opportunities where the application of technology solutions can provide a strategic advantage and therefore make a contribution to homeland security. The ultimate objectives are to show students how homeland security professionals can exploit technology and to use technology in the most efficient, innovative and productive manner.

NS4156: Intelligence for Homeland Security: Organizational and Policy Challenges

The 11 September 2001 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon and the ensuing War on Terror have focused the nation’s attention on homeland security. This course examines key questions and issues facing the U.S. intelligence community and its role in homeland security and homeland defense. Students will have the opportunity to fully address policy, organizational and substantive issues regarding homeland intelligence support. Course reference materials will provide an overview of diverse intelligence disciplines and how the intelligence community operates. Course emphasis will be on issues affecting policy, oversight, and intelligence support to homeland defense/security and national decision-making. The 2004 Intelligence Reform and Prevention of Terrorism Act is addressed and the course is shaped to focus on homeland intelligence support issues at the State/Local/Tribal levels.

NS4081: Research Colloquium

The purpose of the research sequence (NS 2013 and NS 4081) is to advance your critical thinking, research and inquiry skills; you will use these skills to produce a strong thesis proposal (in this course sequence), and then later for the final thesis. We will identify and practice the main steps and modalities of good research. This will include exposure to a variety of research methods from which you will choose at least one for your thesis project and develop with the help of your thesis committee. The goal of the sequence is to support the degree objectives of the CHDS Master’s program by preparing you to conduct graduate-level, policy-relevant research and deliver the results of this research in an academically rigorous thesis. The thesis is arguably your primary deliverable in the Master’s program. By the end of the NS 2013-NS 4081 sequence, you will have prepared a proposal for a thesis that is intellectually rigorous, feasible, and reflects the policy interests and needs of the homeland security community.

CS3660: Critical Infrastructure: Vulnerability Analysis and Protection

Critical Infrastructure protection is one of the cornerstones of homeland security. While PDD-63 lists 8 sectors, the National Strategy for Protection of Critical Infrastructure and Key Assets lists 11 sectors: Water, Power & Energy, Information & Telecommunications, Chemical Industry, Transportation, Banking & Finance, Defense Industry, Postal & Shipping, Agriculture & Food, Public Health, and Emergency Services. For the purposes of this course, we have divided these into levels with Water, Power & Energy, and Information & Telecommunications forming the first – or foundational – level. Chemical Industry, Transportation, and Banking & Finance are assigned level 2, and the remaining sectors are designated level 3 infrastructures. These levels indicate dependencies – higher levels are dependent on lower levels. Thus we focus most attention on the most fundamental critical infrastructures. This course develops a network theory of vulnerability analysis and risk assessment called “model-based vulnerability analysis” used to extract the critical nodes from each sector, model the nodes’ vulnerabilities by representing them in the form of a fault-tree, and then applying fault and financial risk reduction techniques to derive the optimal strategy for protection of each sector. At the completion of the course, students will be able to apply the model-based vulnerability technique to any critical infrastructure within their multi-jurisdictional region, and derive optimal strategies and draft policies for prevention of future terrorist attacks.

NS4239: Special Topics in American Government for Homeland Security

The purpose of this course is to provide participants with an insight into the structural, conceptual and intellectual underpinnings and implications of the homeland security project. Looking at a wide range of topics and problems, the course seeks to stimulate a comprehensive discussion of how homeland security professionals and the general public think about homeland security; whether/why there may be significant differences in professional and public perceptions of homeland security; and how those differences constrain/leverage various elements of the homeland security effort. By incorporating a selection of key texts in Western political and social thought alongside current topical writings, the course seeks to equip participants with a deeper understanding of the prevailing discourse and its impact on the homeland security project.

NS4881: Multi-discipline Approaches to Homeland Security

Homeland security efforts in the United States constitute a project framed by the rule of law. Constitutional concerns, civil rights issues and the roles of the various disciplines engaged in the effort are driven and impacted by the various local, state and federal systems of law. Multi-discipline Approaches to Homeland Security allows students to explore the homeland security project in relation to the laws that support and constrains it. Both historical and contemporary references are used to unpack the various issues and answer related questions. The role of community policing in homeland security and defense, civil-military relations in prevention and response, the USA PATRIOT Act and the handling of US citizens detained for terrorist violations are just some of the subjects that dominate the discourse. While the military, law enforcement and judicial issues are a central concern of the class, students consider the range of issues in relation to many other disciplines engaged in homeland security and defense.

NS3028: Comparative Government for Homeland Security

The objectives of the NS 3028 course are: (1) to understand the transnational nature of terrorism, organized crime, pandemics and other homeland security threats, (2) to assess homeland security strategies employed by liberal democracies around the world; (3) to distill and extrapolate policy implications from these examples; and (4) to apply these lessons to the organizational and functional challenges faced by homeland security leaders in the United States. The course will focus both on a discussion of shared threats such as the global Jihadi movement, Al-Qaeda activity in Afghanistan/Pakistan, Middle Eastern groups such as Hamas and Hizbollah as well as policies and strategies employed by a range of democratic countries to cope with terrorism and other homeland security-related threats.

In addition to looking at specific countries, the course will also look at issue areas such as bio-threats, health system preparedness, airport security and anti-radicalization policies across a number of countries. This course will provide students with a knowledge-base and methodology with which to learn from the practices of other countries and translate those practices into policies applicable in the United States. The course will also enable students to better understand the threats that other countries face (many of which are likely to affect the United States in the near term) and how they cope with those threats.

Finally, the course will enable students to be better prepared to engage with their international partners at the local, state or federal levels as Homeland Security becomes an increasingly global undertaking and all levels of government in the United States move towards conducting greater international outreach.

NS4755: Strategic Planning and Budgeting for Homeland Security

Homeland security requires programs in such disparate areas as counter-terrorism, information security, border security, counter-drug activities, etc. It also requires programs at the federal, state and local levels, which must be coordinated. This raises a variety of issues. For example, how can decision makers at the various levels decide which of these programs should be funded? How large should approved programs be? How do they fit together? How are plans translated into budgets? How do those responsible for the various facets of homeland security justify their budget requests when competing for funds for alternatives uses such as education, etc? Answering these questions requires a resource management system that allows decision makers to see the long-term implications of the decisions they are making today. Choosing among alternatives to provide maximum security with limited budgets requires an analytic approach to allocating resources. This course is designed to address these issues. The course will provide students with an analytical framework useful for translating long-term plans into programs and budgets.

NS4133: The Psychology of Fear Management and Terrorism

This course serves as an introduction for homeland security professionals to terrorism as a psychological phenomenon. Government agencies involved in homeland security need to understand the psychological consequences of mass-casualty terrorist attacks and other disasters. This course provides a broad overview of psychological effects of terrorism; the status of and fallacies related to the interventions applied to victims of terrorism and the generalized fear and anxiety experienced by the public at large; current government strategies used to disseminate information to terrorist groups; psychological phenomena related to media coverage of terrorism; misconceptions and inaccuracies about the socio-political and religious motivations of terrorist groups; “profiling” and the typical psychological and cultural makeup of modern terrorists; and the social and cultural psychology of public conceptions of terrorists and acts of terror.

NS4232: Knowledge into Practice: A Homeland Security Capstone Course

This course is intended to provide participants the opportunity to expand their ability to enact the knowledge and technical learning acquired in the courses leading up to the capstone. The material in other CHDS courses and the capstone experience, taken together, will provide participants with the motivation and skills to perform their professional roles in new ways, ways that will initiate and sustain change even at the level of the broader institutional context of governance in which they must function.


The degree program requires 18 months of continuous enrollment and coursework and a thesis. It involves a significant commitment on the part of the participants and the agencies to which they are assigned. The courses are organized in quarters rather than semesters. Each quarter requires only two weeks in residence at the NPS campus, located in Monterey, California or at the National Capital Region campus located in West Virginia. The remainder of the coursework is completed via network-based learning. Participants spend an average of 15 hours per week during the network-based learning periods of study – reading assigned materials, participating in online discussions with faculty and other participants, and preparing papers and projects. Participants and their agency must be cognizant of this commitment and should view it as an investment in enhancing the individual´s and the jurisdiction´s homeland security capabilities.

The internationally respected faculty guide discussions and focus the attention of the participants, establishing the predicate for continued study through network-based learning methodologies for the non-residential period. The thesis is a qualitative or quantitative research project on a topic beneficial to the participant´s sponsoring agency and jurisdiction. It may, for example, have a strategic planning focus, a model-development perspective, or a threat-risk assessment concentration. The thesis project should be of significant benefit to the participant´s jurisdiction.


Students admitted to the 18-month program already hold positions with significant Homeland Security-related responsibilities. The demands of their jobs prevent most of these professionals from enrolling in a traditional in-residence MA program. To accommodate their time constraints, NPS requires students to be in residence only two weeks every quarter (for a total of twelve weeks for the whole program). Students complete the remainder of their coursework via the web.

Cohort 1603/1604

National Capital Region
Application deadline: Dec 1, 2015

Dates in-residence (IR)
IR 1 Jun 8-17, 2016
IR 2 Sep 19-30, 2016
IR 3 Jan 9-20, 2017
IR 4 Apr 3-14, 2017
IR 5 Jul 10-21, 2017
IR 6 Oct 2-13, 2017
IR 7 Dec 11-14, 2017
Grad Dec 15, 2017

Cohort 1601/1602

Naval Postgraduate School
Application deadline: Dec 1, 2015

Dates in-residence (IR)
IR 1 Apr 27 – May 6, 2016
IR 2 Jul 18 – 29, 2016
IR 3 Oct 17 – 28, 2016
IR 4 Jan 23 – Feb 3, 2017
IR 5 Apr 17 – 28, 2017
IR 6 Jul 10 – 21, 2017
IR 7 Sep 18 – 21, 2017
Grad Sep 22, 2017

Cohort 1505/1506

Naval Postgraduate School
Application deadline: May 1, 2015 [closed]

Dates in-residence (IR)
IR 1 Aug 26 – Sep 4, 2015
IR 2 Nov 30 – Dec 11, 2015
IR 3 Mar 7 – 18, 2016
IR 4 Jun 20 – Jul 1, 2016
IR 5 Oct 3 – 14, 2016
IR 6 Jan 9 – 20, 2017
IR 7 Mar 27 – 30, 2017
Grad Mar 31, 2017

Most students in the program are senior or fast-rising state, local and federal officials. DHS selects the students on the basis of their proven expertise in homeland security-related fields and the academic skills essential for the rigorous coursework at NPS. To encourage intergovernmental and interagency cooperation and network-building, the program enrolls military officers and federal officials in concert with local, tribal and state leaders.

FY15_16_PreProposal_MapV9_29_15_10aDHS’s National Preparedness Directorate, FEMA will pay all tuition, books, travel and lodging during each two week in residence session at NPS, as long as the participant is making acceptable progress in this Master of Arts Degree program. The participant´s agency or organization will continue to be responsible for his or her salary, benefits, and related support during the completion of the degree. Computer equipment to facilitate study and research will be provided by CHDS to each participant.

Non-DHS federal employees and U.S. military officers are eligible to apply. If they are accepted into the program, their sponsoring agency will be responsible for paying tuition, books, travel, lodging and related program costs. Non-DHS federal employees and U.S. military officers are required to include in their application materials a statement from their sponsoring agency or command affirming financial support for the applicant´s program expenses if the applicant is accepted.

Courses cont.:
FEM 207 = (IS-303) Radiological Accident Assessment Concepts

IS-303: Radiological Accident Assessment Concepts – FEMA

Course Overview

In this course you will learn how to assess the off-site radiological consequences to the public following a release of radioactivity from nuclear power reactors and non-reactor incidents and how to use this assessment as a basis for recommending protective actions to decision makers.

Course Objectives:

At the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Describe the source and magnitude of the threat to the public from a nuclear power plant incident.
  • Describe preventive and protective measures which may be implemented to protect the public and emergency workers during a nuclear incident, and use the Federal guidance to determine when each of these measures is necessary or appropriate.
  • Describe the relationship of dose and dose pathway to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) protective action guides (PAGs), early injuries, and early deaths.
  • Locate the appropriate protective action guide using the EPA Manual of Protective Action Guides and Protective Actions for Nuclear Incidents, EPA 400-R-92-001 and the FDA Accidental Radioactive Contamination of Human Food and Animal Feeds: Recommendations for State and Local Agencies, August 13, 1998.
  • Describe the guidelines and recommendations associated with using potassium iodide as a supplemental public protective action.
  • Describe suggested protective actions for milk, fruits and vegetables, meat and meat products, poultry and poultry products, soils, grains, and water.
  • Explain the appropriate techniques, procedures, and available Federal agency capabilities and resources to gather and assess data during and after a nuclear or radiological incident.
  • Convert from International System of Units (SI) to customary units and customary units to SI using a hand calculator.
  • Utilize mathematical equations to calculate dose conversion factors (DCFs).

S-0001.a Emergency Manager: An Orientation to the Position:


FEM 102 = (IS-301) Radiological Emergency Response

Implementing the Defense Priorities and Allocations System

Course Overview

This course describes specific procedures for using Defense Priorities and Allocations System (DPAS) priority ratings for contracts and orders that support FEMA programs. The course emphasizes the critical role DPAS plays in support of FEMA’s mission. The course describes DPAS priority ratings, the placement of rated orders, the roles of FEMA employees in the DPAS process, and how to address DPAS challenges.

Course Objectives:

Upon completing this course, the participant will be able to describe:

  1. The roles and interactions between key parties involved in implementing DPAS.
  2. The DPAS process and procedures at a FEMA program level, including how to place rated orders, address problems if they arise, and comply with DPAS reporting requirements.

Primary Audience

This course is mandatory for DPAS Officers—FEMA personnel who are designated by FEMA management to fulfill DPAS Officer functions.

The course is strongly recommended for:

  • Program officials responsible for directing the placement of DPAS rated orders and making FEMA program and procurement policy and decisions,
  • Contracting Officers/Specialists who will be primary points of contact with prime contractors on DPAS issues and who may be responsible for determining DPAS activity eligibility, and
  • Anyone interested in learning more about DPAS.

IS-19.15: FEMA EEO Supervisor Course

Course Overview

This course provides an overview of responsibilities in Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) for FEMA supervisors and strategies for handling equal rights issues and potential issues as they arise.

Course Objectives:

By the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Describe how diversity benefits FEMA.
  • Explain FEMA’s commitment to equal rights.
  • Identify supervisors’ responsibilities in preventing and dealing with discrimination and harassment.
  • Identify laws that protect Federal employees.
  • Describe the EEO complaint process.

NIMS ICS All-Hazards Position Specific Training … – FEMA

December 14‒17, 2015 E0959, Operations Section Chief TtT
January 25‒29, 2016 E0968, Logistics Section Chief TtT
February 22‒25, 2016 E0955, Safety Officer TtT
March 14‒18, 2016 E0953, Public Information Officer TtT
April 11‒12, 2016 E0957, Liaison Officer TtT
May 2‒5, 2016 E0963, Planning Section Chief TtT
June 6‒10, 2016 E0987, Introduction to Air Op’s &
E0986, Air Op’s Group Supervisor TtT
July 25‒27, 2016 E949, Communications Unit Leader TtT
July 18–21, 2016 E0959, Operations Section Chief TtT
August 8‒12, 2016 E0968, Logistics Section Chief TtT
August 22‒24, 2016 E0974, Finance/Admin Section Chief TtT
September 19–23, 2016 E0951, Incident Commander TtT

FY 2016 All-Hazards Position Specific Regional Class Locations

Note: for admission into all Regional classes, please contact the listed Point of Contact (POC) for listed classes. Please do not send applications to NETC Admissions; they will be collected per the directions of the local POC and submitted to NETC Admissions following completion of the class.


Courses cont.

Course Code Course Title CEUs College Credits
IS-1.a Emergency Manager: An Orientation to the Position – (2/7/2013) 0.6 1.0
IS-3 Radiological Emergency Management – (10/31/2013) 1 1.0
IS-5.a An Introduction to Hazardous Materials – (10/31/2013) 1 1.0
IS-8.a Building for the Earthquakes of Tomorrow: Complying with Executive Order 12699 – (10/31/2013) 1 1.0
IS-10.a Animals in Disasters: Awareness and Preparedness – (10/2/2015) 0.4 1.0
IS-11.a Animals in Disasters: Community Planning – (10/2/2015) 0.5 1.0
IS-15.b Special Events Contingency Planning for Public Safety Agencies – (10/31/2013) 0.4
*IS-15.b Details

1.0 (When combined with IS-660)
IS-18.15 FEMA EEO Employee Course 2015 – (1/2/2015) 0.1
*IS-18.15 Details

1.0 (when combined with IS-19, IS-20, IS-21, IS-33, IS-101, IS-106 and IS-107)
IS-19.15 FEMA EEO Supervisor Course 2015 – (1/2/2015) 0.2
*IS-19.15 Details

1.0 (when combined with IS-18, IS-20, IS-21, IS-33, IS-101, IS-106 and IS-107)
IS-20.15 Diversity Awareness – (1/2/2015) 0.1
*IS-20.15 Details

1.0 (when combined with IS-18, IS-19, IS-21, IS-33, IS-101, IS-106 and IS-107)
IS-21.15 Civil Rights and FEMA Disaster Assistance – (1/2/2015) 0.1
*IS-21.15 Details

1.0 (when combined with IS-18, IS-19, IS-20, IS-33, IS-101, IS-106 and IS-107)
IS-22 Are You Ready? An In-depth Guide to Citizen Preparedness – (10/31/2013) 1
*IS-22 Details

1.0 (When combined with IS 55)
IS-26 Guide to Points of Distribution – (8/11/2010) 0.4
*IS-26 Details

1.0 (when combined with IS-102.c, IS-293 and IS-634)
IS-27 Orientation to FEMA Logistics – (10/31/2013) 0.4
*IS-27 Details

1.0 (When combined with IS-245.a and IS-246)
IS-29 Public Information Officer Awareness – (10/31/2013) 0.2
*IS-29 Details

1.0 (When combined with IS-701 and IS-706)
 Upcoming Exercises and Events Training Coalition Tiers Presented – Annotated Final Medical surge tiers

As the exercise design process approaches in your regions, I wanted to provide two simple, foundational learning opportunities for your consideration.  Feel free to view these learning resources at your convenience:

Introduction to Exercises: https://training.fema.gov/is/courseoverview.aspx?code=IS-120.a

Exercise Design and Evaluation: https://training.fema.gov/is/courseoverview.aspx?code=IS-130



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Training Opportunities 1195 and 1196

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1195 – Training Opportunity – E0948 SA_COP – FY 2016


Situational Awareness and Common Operating Picture (SA/COP) support the Communications and Information Management component of the National Incident Management System (NIMS).  Individuals and organizations at all levels of response have a responsibility to both contribute to and use reliable information as a part of incident response efforts.  Despite the importance of maintaining SA/COP for all types of incidents, there are very few resources available for individuals seeking to improve their understanding and capabilities in this area.  Existing resources are heavily skewed towards military and intelligence perspectives on SA/COP.  The SA/COP course is designed to improve skills, knowledge, and capabilities of individuals and organizations involved in domestic emergency preparedness, response, and recovery.

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1196 – Training Opportunity – V-0027 – Virtual Tabletop Exercise Series (VTTX)

Exercise Description:

This Virtual Tabletop Exercises (VTTX) will focus on a long-term power outage (LTPO) taking place in your community, using historical weather events and recovery actions.  The VTTX involves key personnel discussing simulated scenarios in an informal setting, and can be used to assess plans, policies, training, and procedures.  This VTTX differs from other tabletop exercises in that it will be conducted using Video-Teleconference (VTC) technology (not web-based), and is intended to provide an opportunity for responders across the Nation to simultaneously participate in a hazard-specific facilitated discussion.  Lead facilitation for the exercise will be coordinated by EMI, with local facilitation provided by the participating agency.  This format will allow the common delivery of exercise materials, scenarios, modules, and discussion questions among those participating in the exercise.

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Emergency Management Institute Mission

To support the Department of Homeland Security and FEMA’s goals by improving the competencies of the U.S. officials in Emergency Management at all levels of government to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate the potential effects of all types of disasters and emergencies on the American people.


Save the date – CERC Course

“Emergency Medical Services and Medical Surge: Essential Legal Issues”  The Oak Ridge Associated Universities.  2015



BP4 MCM/ORR Guidance, Tool and Full-Scale Exercise (FSE) Requirements

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4) Ready.gov PSA VIDEO – to use for your training

The Ad Council and the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) have launched a new public service advertisement (PSA) to raise awareness about the importance of being prepared for emergencies. While the PSA targets all communities, We Prepare Every Day is the first in a series of videos that aim to deliver a strong preparedness message by showing people with disabilities taking charge to prepare themselves and their families for emergencies.

We Prepare Every Day drives to Ready.gov/MyPlan and is an extension of FEMA’s Ready campaign with the Ad Council which has helped to generate more than 87 million unique visitors to the Ready.gov campaign website since its launch in 2003. The new PSA emphasizes the Ready campaign’s four building blocks of preparedness –Be Informed, Make a Plan, Build a Kit and Get Involved. The PSA will be available on the Ad Council and FEMA’s YouTube channels, as well as in the FEMA media library.
Burn Surge

Hospital TTX 3 – Ped Burn Surge.pptx

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Burn Surge Op Comm EEG TTX 3.docx

Burn Surge Op Coord EEG TTX 3.docx

Burn Surge Resource Request and Coordination EEG TTX 3.docx


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Emmitsburg, Md., June 26, 2013 -- Tompkins County, NY, staff participate in the 10th in a monthly series of Virtual Table Top Exercises (VTTX) that focused...

Selma, Ala., July 15, 2013 -- An Emergency Management Institute (EMI) instructor addresses the participants from the Dallas County, Ala., community during the Integrated Emergency Management Course, in Selma, Ala.. The course focuses on helping community officials prepare to better respond to a tornado event.

Vicksburg, Miss., September 13, 2012 -- Image from the Induction Ceremony for the inaugural class of FEMA Corps members. FEMA Corps members assist with disaster preparedness, response, and recovery activities, providing support in areas ranging from working directly with disaster survivors to supporting disaster recovering centers to sharing valuable disaster preparedness and mitigation information with the public.




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United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) processes millions of immigration benefit applications every year through a network of approximately 226 domestic and foreign offices.
During FY 2014, USCIS accomplished the following:

Processed more than 6.7 million applications and petitions;

Naturalized 655,505 new citizens, of whom 9,526 were military service members along with their qualified family members;

Managed more than 28 million queries through the E-verify program, up from nearly 25 million in FY 2013;

Conducted more than 30,000 fraud
At a Glance Senior Leadership:
León Rodríguez, Director
Established: 2003
Major Divisions: Field Operations; Service
Center Operations; Refugee, Asylum, and
International Operations; Fraud Detection and
National Security; Customer Service and
Public Engagement; Enterprise Services; and
Management. Budget Request: $4,003,638,000 Gross Discretionary: $ 129,671,000 Mandatory, Fees & Trust Fund: $3,873,967,000 Employees (FTE): 17,082
Naturalization ceremony held at Mt. Rainier National Park on
July 21, 2014.
organizations requesting i mmigration benefits pose a threat to national security, public safety, or the integrity of the Nation’s immigration system by:

Interviewed and performed security checks for approximately 67,000 refugee applicants from around the world; and

Completed nearly 29,000 affirmative asylum applications.
USCIS ensures that information and decisions on citizenship and immigration benefit requests are provided to customers in a timely, accurate, consistent, courteous, and professional manner, while also working to safeguard our national security. More than 50 different types of citizenship and immigration benefit applications are processed by USCIS. Every case is unique and requires specialized attention from experienced USCIS immigration officers. Concurrent with its benefits adjudication responsibilities and as an integral part of the examinations process, USCIS employees determine whether individuals or
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

Detecting, deterring, and administratively investigating immigration benefit fraud;

Identifying and eliminating systemic vulnerabilities in the immigration system;

Implementing effective and efficient security screening policies, programs, and procedures; and

Promoting information sharing and collaboration with law enforcement and other
governmental agencies.
These activities enhance the integrity of our country’s legal immigration system, and help combat unauthorized employment and the unauthorized practice of immigration law.
USCIS also fulfills our Nation’s humanitarian commitments in accordance with U.S. law and international obligations by extending protection to refugees outside the United States and asylum seekers within the country.
Service to the Public:
USCIS secures America’s promise as a Nation of immigrants in many ways by:

Granting citizenship and immigration benefits,

Promoting awareness and understanding of

Developing and promoting educational tools and
resources for those seeking to become citizens,

Ensuring the integrity of the immigration system,

Providing accurate and useful information to its
USCIS ensures that immigration benefits are granted only to eligible applicants and petitioners. Its anti-fraud efforts make it easier for employers to comply with labor and immigration law and harder for those seeking to exploit our systems. Additionally, USCIS facilitates the apprehension of criminals across the country through security checks on persons seeking citizenship and immigration benefits.
FY 2014 Accomplishments:

Processed more than 26,500 Applications to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status (Form I-539) and Immigrant Petition by Alien Entrepreneur (Form I-526) applications, and issued more than 454,000 Permanent Resident Cards through the USCIS Electronic Immigration System (ELIS).

Interviewed and performed security checks for 66,870 refugee applicants in more than 56 countries to support the admission of 69,987 refugees to the United States (who were interviewed in FY 2014 or earlier); completed 28,972 affirmative asylum applications, including 861 filed by unaccompanied children primarily from Central America; and kept pace with incoming credible fear referrals by processing 48,637 credible fear cases.
Naturalization ceremony held at the Great Hall, Department of Justice, on July 22, 2014. Candidates for citizenship represented 52 countries.
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

Hosted 43 national stakeholder engagements and more than 2,700 local engagements reaching more than 694,000 individuals.

Continued accepting requests for consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), thereby supporting DHS immigration enforcement priorities of ensuring that investigation resources are not spent pursuing the removal of low-priority cases involving productive young people. In FY 2014, more than 135,000 individuals were approved for DACA and more than 22,000 were approved for DACA renewal.

Awarded nearly $10 million in grants to 40 organizations from 24 states and the District of Columbia to support citizenship preparation services for an additional 32,000 permanent residents over a 2-year period.

Added more than 70,000 additional employers to the E-Verify program, growing to 553,628 employer participants at the end of FY 2014, with an average of more than 1,300 new employers joining each week. The number of employee work authorization verification requests processed grew to more than 28 million in FY 2014.

Developed myE-Verify, a suite of online services available to U.S. workers who want to check their work authorization status and manage other tasks related to E-Verify. Through myE-Verify, employees can protect against the fraudulent use of their identity by locking their social security numbers, confirm their employment eligibility information, and obtain more detailed information on how to correct their records in the case of a mismatch.

Processed more than 22.7 million immigration status queries from public benefit-granting agencies (including Federal agencies, State Departments of Motor Vehicles (DMVs), and State and local social service agencies) through the Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements (SAVE) program to assist these agencies in ensuring that only qualified applicants receive public benefits and licenses. Increased the total customer base by 49 agencies.

Instituted an intelligence-based methodology for prioritizing national security cases, providing USCIS adjudicators and immigration officers with a more accurate and detailed understanding of potential threats. As a result, USCIS will be able to prioritize and resolve national security cases earlier and more efficiently.
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
Dollars in Thousands
FY 2014 Revised Enacted
FY 2015 President’s Request
FY 2016 President’s Request
FY 2016 +/FY
Salaries and Expenses
Gross Discretionary
Immigration Examinations Fee Account
Fraud Prevention and Detection Account
H-1B Nonimmigrant Petitioner Account
Subtotal, Mandatory
Less prior-year Rescissions
FY 2016 Highlights:
• E-Verify ……………………………………………………………………………………… $119.7M (398 FTE)
E-Verify is an Internet-based program that enables an employer to determine an employee’s eligibility to work in the United States by verifying information reported on the employee’s Form I-9 against DHS, Social Security Administration, Department of State data, and DMV data from participating States. In FY 2016, USCIS will continue Verification Modernization development to increase the scalability of the Verification Information System—the underlying technology that supports E-Verify—for future expansion. USCIS will also expand access to new data systems, which will enhance E-Verify’s ability to quickly and accurately determine an individual’s immigration status and employment eligibility. USCIS will continue to leverage partnerships with State DMVs in an effort to execute agreements in support of the RIDE initiative, which helps to prevent identity fraud in E-Verify by verifying the authenticity of drivers’ licenses with the issuing state. Finally, USCIS will increase the use of E-Verify fraud and misuse detection tools and continue working on the final non-confirmation appeals process.
• Transformation and USCIS ELIS (funded from premium processing fee collections)……………………………………………………………………………………… $199.3M (0 FTE)
In FY 2016, the Office of Transformation Coordination (OTC) will deliver a Transformation investment release every 4–6 months utilizing agile development. With each agile release, OTC intends to provide additional capabilities to e-file and adjudicate applications. In FY 2016, OTC will focus on new capabilities addressing Family-based Adjustment of Status, Provisional Waivers, EB-5 Program, and Employment-based Adjustments of Status.
1Includes funding generated by revenue from the Executive Action on Immigration Reform.

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