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1 National Program (NEP) and the Homeland Security and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) NEP and HSEEP: Interagency Strategy (NRT/RRT Co-Chairs Meeting) James Kish, Senior Director, and Evaluation Division National Preparedness Task Force

2 Overview NEP - Charter - Challenges for Federal s - Limited Cabinet-Level of Tiered s HSEEP - Program Basis - Background - Current Status - Conclusion - Five-Year Schedule - Soft Alignment of Other s - Corrective Action Program (CAP)

3 NEP Origin and Mandate HSPD-8: Requires DHS Secretary to establish a national program and a multi-year planning system to conduct homeland security preparedness-related exercises. (2003) Additional emerging strategic guidance and the development of corresponding plans and programs has increased the scope and complexity required to prepare our nation Focus is National: - NEP Charter specifies the Homeland Security and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) shall fulfill the National Program requirement as established by HSPD 8 - Codifies the NEP as encompassing a broader approach to preparedness activities and exercises necessary to fulfill strategic missions directed by a range of Presidential directives

4 NEP As an Interagency Strategy Support U.S. Government Officers preparation for managing national crises, and accountability of those who support them Limits ad hoc requests for U.S. Government Officers involvement thereby focusing participation on selected events Maximize value of that involvement make it worthwhile what is important at a strategic/policy level what is important, in sufficient depth Follow through on exercises and correct/improve elements of national response policy and capability Avoid temptation to over-centralize and stifle needed exercise activity at operational and tactical levels

5 NEP Tiered s Structure Notes: Tiered approach enables appropriate participation, producing better results Five annual events with required participation of Cabinet Officers and other key Federal officials CABINET LEVEL EXERCISES: Discussion-based exercises (tabletops, seminars) to examine emerging issues; one is preparatory to NLE NATIONAL LEVEL EXERCISE: Operations-based exercise (full scale, command post) to evaluate existing national plans/policy, in concert with intergovernmental partners as well as private sector and/or international entities as appropriate 1 NLE 4 CLEs Other Federal s Non-Federal s

6 NEP Five-Year Schedule Based on strategic direction and policy priorities Sets forth goals, themes, and schedule slots for NLEs, CLEs - May involve progressive level of detail (implementation plan issue) - Requires process for discouraging changes less than two fiscal years out (implementation plan issue) Submitted by June 30 each year (in time for budget call) Allows for departments and agencies to align other exercises, training activities, and preparatory reviews of policies, plans, and procedures Leverages existing interagency exercise conferences of DHS and DOD for development

7 FY 07 Congressional Elections & Transition NLE 1-08 Terrorism TOPOFF 4 FSE; Flexible Response; Global Lightning; CEP; The Five-Year National Program Schedule (DRAFT) NLE 1-07 Positive Response; Vigilant Shield; Nuclear Weapons Accident NSSE Oct Elections Nov Transition Dec Inauguration Jan Confirmation Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Congressional Elections & Transition Olympics in Vancouver FY 08 Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep FY 09 Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep FY 10 NLE 10 Natural Disaster TOPOFF 6 CPX; Ardent Sentry; Northern Edge; JLOTS CEP; (SONS) NLE 11 Terrorism TOPOFF 6 Full Scale ; Ardent Sentry; Chairman s Program NSSE NLE 09 Terrorism TOPOFF 5 FSE; Pinnacle; Chairman s Program; Ardent Sentry; ; Ultimate Caduceus; (Olympics Prep) Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Elections FY 11 Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep (Bio) Transition (Prep for NSSE) Inauguration (IED) (Prep for NLE 2-07) (Nuclear) (MANPADS) Confirmation (Prep for NLE 2-08) Terrorism CPX, Training And Orientation for new sub cabinet officials Transition Training Program (Prep for NLE 10) (Prep for NLE 11) NLE 2-07 Positive Response; Ardent Sentry; Northern Edge; Ultimate Caduceus NLE 2-08 Natural Hazard Ardent Sentry; Chairman s Program (Prep for NSSEs) (Prep for NLE 09) (Policy Review of Pandemic Influenza Plans) NSSE (Prep for NLE 1-08) (Radiological) National Level National Special Security Events Version:

8 FY 07 Congressional Elections & Transition Golden Guardian 06 The Five-Year Tier 2 and Tier 3 Schedule (DRAFT) Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep NLE 1-07 JLOTS Positive Force Unified Support 07 Hurricane Preparedness s NLE 2-07 Pinnacle FY 08 Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep SONS 07 Catastrophic Assessment Task Force NLE 1-08 Terrorism Pandemic Influenza s Vigilant Shield T4 LSG Cyber Storm II NATO CMX NLE 2-08 Natural Hazard Pinnacle NSSE Diablo Bravo 2008 NSSE FY 09 Oct Elections Nov Transition Dec Inauguration Jan Confirmation Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Elections Transition Inauguration Confirmation NLE 09 Vigilant Shield Global NSSE Terrorism Lightning Terrorism FY 10 Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Vigilant Shield Global Lightning Olympics in Vancouver Hurricane Preparedness s Transition Training Program NLE 10 Natural Disaster Pinnacle SONS 2010 FY 11 Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Congressional Elections & Transition Global Vigilant Shield African FCM Lightning Hurricane Preparedness s Governor / House of Reps. Transition Training Program NLE 11 Terrorism Hurricane Preparedness s Tier 1 Tier 2 Tier 3 National Special Security Events Version:

9 NEP Soft Alignment of Other s The NEP shall not replace existing Department and Agency exercise programs. Rather, the NEP shall address directed policy priorities and [ ] may incorporate Department- and Agency-specific exercises as needed. Other unincorporated exercises are not addressed in detail; they can be Aligned to NEP priorities, as potential building blocks for out-year exercises OR Used to address issues specific to individual Departments and Agencies Requirements for NEP should lead to supporting processes at individual Departments and Agencies, where they do not exist: Prioritization of goals, objectives, and exercise proposals for submission Internal corrective action program process

10 NEP Corrective Action Program (CAP) CAP is a basic requirement to ensure exercises have outcomes rather than short-lived outputs NEP CAP process is required to: Document issues for resolution Prioritize issues for Cabinet-level attention (strategic/national/interagency) Ensure issues are assigned for resolution Track resolution Report progress Reporting may be the only enforcement mechanism from PTEE PCC perspective

11 8. Reporting Lead: CAP Analysts 7. Tracking/Analysis Lead: CAP Analysts 6. Implementation Lead: Designated Interagency Dept. Future Plans, s, and Operations 5. Solution Concurrence Lead: PTEE PCC / Operational Results Corrective Action Program 4. Mission Analysis/Solution Development Lead: Designated agency with Interagency support 1. Identification and Initial Analysis Lead: CAP Analysts Support: Stakeholders 2. Prioritization Lead: PTEE PCC 3. Assignment & Scheduling Lead: PTEE PCC Support: CAP Analysts

12 HSEEP Origin Different exercise policies, methodologies and course curriculum have been promulgated by various Federal exercise programs Multiple policies, methodologies, and curricula led to confusion, especially at the State and local level Varying exercise evaluation methodologies also makes it difficult to assess preparedness nationally To help remedy these inconsistencies, DHS developed the HSEEP as policy and guidance that standardizes exercise activities

13 HSEEP Background The first HSEEP Volumes were published in 2002 Programs that influenced HSEEP methodology: Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program (CSEPP) Radiological Emergency Preparedness (REP) Program Nunn-Lugar-Domenici (NLD) Domestic Preparedness Program Since the initial publication of HSEEP, national policies have been implemented such as the NRP, NIMS, and National Preparedness Goal With the promulgation of these national policies, as well as the Federal Response to Hurricane Katrina: Lessons Learned Report which calls for HSEEP to be designated as the common exercise methodology across all levels of government; HSEEP has been revised to be applicable to exercises at all levels of government

14 HSEEP Current Status Volumes were disseminated to the Federal Interagency for review and comment and are awaiting Departmental approval Interagency feedback has been incorporated into the final DRAFT version of HSEEP HSEEP will meet the NEP Charter requirement to establish exercise doctrine an NEP Implementation Plan that prescribes; can serve as that doctrine

15 HSEEP Conclusion The implementation of HSEEP will help ensure a common exercise methodology at all levels of government, as well as a way to assess preparedness nationally It will provide some continuity among Federal, State and local governments as State and local entities are required to be HSEEP compliant when using grant funds It will also ensure that State and local partners do not have to continually adapt and adhere to various Federal exercise policies, methodologies, and requirements

16 NEP Benefits of Proposed Approach Manageable and worthwhile engagement of Cabinet and key officials to prepare for national crises Multi-year strategic planning for exercise requirements Departments and Agencies direct exercise resources to USGwide priorities Departments and Agencies retain flexibility to address specific concerns as exercise resources permit, or make additional preparations for future NLEs/CLEs Institutionalized requirement for interagency corrective action program

17 NEP Transition Concurrence on chartering memorandum requires: A final NEP implementation plan to be presented to the HS Deputies within 30 days The conduct of an exercise scheduling conference to refine the current (draft) Five Year Schedule so that it both conforms to the NEP I-Plan, and is coordinated across the Interagency. Consideration to forecast and budget for necessary resources to support NEP events. Establishes the NEP (and by convention, the HSEEP) as the means for coordination and execution of NEP activities.

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