The 2014-2018 FEMA Strategic Plan reflects objectives the Agency will accomplish to provide the best possible support to the American people before, during, and after disasters. It sets forth the strategies FEMA will employ to accomplish the objectives and also establishes measurable outcomes to achieve. This Strategic Plan was developed through the involvement of hundreds of FEMA employees and many external stakeholders who contributed to generating our objectives, strategies, and outcomes, and who are now working to execute this Plan.
The Strategic Plan provides a strategic lens to focus FEMA’s efforts and guide the “allocation of resources over the next four years.” The FEMA Strategic Plan also supports the Department of Homeland Security’s Strategic Plan for Fiscal Years (FY) 2014-2018 Mission 5 of Strengthen national preparedness and resilience.
– DHS Secretary Johnson
FEMA’s Five Strategic Priorities:
- Priority 1: Be Survivor Centric in mission and program delivery
- Priority 2: Become an expeditionary organization
- Priority 3: Posture and build capability for catastrophic disasters
- Priority 4: Enable disaster risk reduction nationally
- Priority 5: Strengthen FEMA’s organizational foundation
FEMA’s Two Strategic Imperatives:
- A whole community approach to emergency management
- Foster innovation and learning
The Department of Homeland Security, like any large government agency or private corporation, must be able to harness vast amounts of data to inform strategy and future planning. As the latter sections of this plan describe, there are a number of key areas where DHS must improve its ability to collect new data, analyze existing data, and present data in a compelling way to our partners and the public. The Department’s four-year Analytic Agenda provides the foundation for tackling this “Big Data” challenge and supporting analytically-informed decision-making across DHS missions.
Over the past several years, the Department has made great strides to improve its analytical understanding of the diverse DHS mission space. For example, DHS developed and fostered a risk community of interest, convening risk management experts from across the Department to share risk data and best practices for risk assessment. To further support the Secretary’s Unity of Effort Initiative, the Department will deepen its analytic capability across its mission areas. In particular, DHS will continue to acquire, develop, and implement the basic tools required for data-driven management of its missions, such as the ability to consistently assess strategic/external risk; measure outcomes; forecast such outcomes under different resource allocations, policies, and economic conditions; and use these forecasts to inform strategic planning, programming, acquisition, and operational decisions.
To begin building this capability, DHS Headquarters will, in close coordination with departmental and enterprise partners, formalize a line of effort similar in purpose to the Department of Defense’s “Analytic Agenda” initiative. The objective of this multi-year effort will be to build and institutionalize the necessary data, models, and underlying business processes to provide a unified baseline for aiding decision-making across the Department.
Topics for these analytic baselines will be determined by leadership, based on missions or goals that would benefit from a more rigorous analytical approach. Key inputs informing the topic selection are the Quadrennial Homeland Security Review, this DHS Strategic Plan, ongoing analysis of changes in the strategic environment, annual resource and operational planning guidance, and other DHS policy imperatives.
For any particular mission area, an analytic agenda may include comprehensive empirical modeling; estimation of the impacts of social, technological, economic, environmental, or political variables; incorporation of these empirical results into a model with the capability to simulate future outcomes; sustained development of outcome measurement; and development of dashboards and tools for support to strategic-level decision-making.
Read the entire report here, most wont, but I find it VERY informative: Fiscal Years 2014-2018 Strategic Plan – Homeland Security
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