Announcements

 

2017 REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!

The National Homeland Security conference is the perfect venue where law enforcement, public safety, and intelligence personnel meet to present case studies, technologies and policies with regard to information sharing, training, prevention, mitigation and response.  This Conference provides a direct bridge for public and private partnerships to connect and share best practices among those charged with keeping our nation safe.  If you need any assistance with registration or have any questions about the registration process, please contact us using the CONTACT FORM on this website.

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2017 EXHIBITOR AND SPONSOR REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!

The National Homeland Security conference is the perfect venue where law enforcement, public safety, and intelligence personnel meet to present case studies, technologies and policies with regard to information sharing, training, prevention, mitigation and response.  This Conference provides a direct bridge for public and private partnerships to connect and share best practices among those charged with keeping our nation safe.

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PRE & POST CONFERENCE EDUCATIONAL SESSION OPPS!

The American Board for Certification in Homeland Security is offering a free pre-conference course open to all NHSC attendees. Course includes Part 1 and 2 of their Certified in Homeland Security Level V Prep Course.  Additionally, attendees of the conference are invited to register for pre and post abbreviated course sessions being offered by New Mexico Tech. Due to the funding requirements supporting these course offerings, only US citizens may attend.  Please note certificates will not be issued for these abbreviated courses.  Lastly, there will be a complex terrorist attack exercise offered.  This presentation will discuss the framework and scenarios of the recent Campus Resilience Shelter-in-Place Workshops and the format of the upcoming Active Shooter Workshops.

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IAEM CEM/AEM CERTIFICATION COURSE & EXAM

The IAEM Certification and Exam will be offered as a pre-conference option on Monday, June 5th, at the Buffalo Convention Center.  A prep course will be offered from 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM (minimum of 10 registrants in order to conduct the class), followed by the exam from 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM (no minimum required for exam).  Course Description:  The prep course reviews the Certified Emergency Manager and Associate EM program requirements; application procedures, tips for successful program completion along with an overview of the CEM® / AEM exam resources -- the standards upon which the exam is based, sample exam questions, and a Q&A period.   Please come prepared to ask specific questions related to the program and/or to your personal credentials submission. If you are interested in taking the AEM/CEM Prep Course, you must register and pay the fee for the course, which is $495. To take the Certification Exam, one must register in the CEM / AEM Program and submit the application fee ($395 for IAEM members and $595 for non-IAEM members) prior to sitting for the examination.  Registration and payment of fees for this opportunity must be completed through the CEM/AEM Program website.

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PASSPORT IDENTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS FOR NIAGARA FALLS BORDER CROSSING

U.S. CITIZENS RETURNING TO THE U.S. AFTER VISITING NIAGARA FALLS CANADA ARE REQUIRED TO PROVIDE A PASSPORT, PASSPORT CARD OR ENHANCED DRIVERS LICENSE AT THE IMMIGRATION CHECKPOINT. If you  are a U.S. citizen living in the U.S. and cross the border to Canada and attempt to re-enter the U.S. you will need one of the above listed forms of identification.

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Statement By Secretary Jeh C. Johnson Regarding PPD-41, Cyber Incident Coordination [07/26/2016]

The White House has released Presidential Policy Directive (PPD-41) focused on U.S. cyber incident coordination. PPD-41 sets forth principles governing the federal government’s response to any cyber incident, whether involving government or private sector entities.  The directive establishes lead federal agencies, laying a structure for coordinating broader federal government response. The directive defines what cyber incidents are and explains the significant threats they pose.  For more info on PPD-41, please follow these links: Presidential Policy Directive — United States Cyber Incident Coordination, White House; Statement By Secretary Jeh C. Johnson Regarding PPD-41, Cyber Incident Coordination, DHS

 

DEPT OF STATE:  U.S. Expands Initiatives to Address Migration Challenges

Department of Homeland Security officials announced on 07/26/2016 the expansion of its refugee program for Central American minors, which includes establishing Costa Rica as a safe haven for migrants seeking asylum in the United States.  The Government of Costa Rica has announced that they have agreed to enter into a protection transfer arrangement (PTA) with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) to help address this regional migration challenge.

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National Terrorism Advisory System Bulletin [06/15/2016 1400 EST]

In December, the NTAS advised of a new phase in the global threat environment, which has implications on the homeland. This basic assessment has not changed.  In this environment, we are particularly concerned about homegrown violent extremists who could strike with little or no notice.  The tragic events of Orlando several days ago reinforce this.  Accordingly, increased public vigilance and awareness continue to be of utmost importance. This bulletin has a five month duration and will expire just before the holiday season. We will reassess the threats of terrorism at that time.

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NDPC CLASSES MADE AVAILABLE AT THE 2016 CONFERENCE

This year the NHSA offered select National Domestic Preparedness Consortium classes for full credit!  Classes that were made available at No Additional Cost for Full Conference Attendees Included:  AWR-313Explosives: Awareness, Recognition, and Response, AWR-319Leveraging Tools for Conducting Damage Assessments, AWR-325Site Protection and Document Screening Technologies, AWR-148Crisis  Management for School-Based Incidents -Partnering Rural Law Enforcement, First Responders, and Local School Systems, PER-331Surface Transportation and Emergency Planning for Senior Officials.  Course: Introduction to Radiological/Nuclear WMD Operations.

 

 

THE NATIONAL HOMELAND SECURITY ASSOCIATION NEWSLETTER, ISSUE 4

The National Homeland Security Association is pleased to present the third edition newsletter in the series:  Securing Our Liberty by Protecting Our Homeland | NHSA Newsletter Issue #4.  Articles include exciting conference speaker announcements, track highlights and important registration information for the 2016 National Homeland Security Conference.  Our team of homeland security professionals from multiple disciplines in the public and private sectors are committed to partnerships that build, fortify and strengthen homeland security within our great nation, the United States of America.  Look forward to more future issues with relevant and connected content!  Join us in Tampa, FL, June 28-30, 2016

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DHS PRESS RELEASE - STATEMENT BY SECRETARY JEH C. JOHNSON ON SOUTHWEST BORDER SECURITY

March 9, 2016:  Secretary of DHS, Jeh Johnson, reaffirms DHS commitment to Southwest Border Initiatitves, Operation Border Guardian and Operation Coyote. DHS will continue to enforce the immigration laws and secure our borders consistent with U.S. priorities and values. Additionally, DHS is expanding the Refugee Admissions Program to help vulnerable men, women and children in Central America. In partnership with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees and non-governmental organizations in the region.

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DHS OPENS OFFICE OF COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS

On Sept 28th, Secretary of DHS, Jeh Johnson, announced the creation of a new Office for Community Partnerships. The OCP is taking the government’s efforts to counter violent extremism to a new level.  The office will encourage the tech industry to aid communities in spreading their messages. It also will engage philanthropies and grant-making programs that can provide additional resources for communities’ anti-extremism activities.  Johnson appointed George Selim in late September to lead the office. Selim, a DHS veteran, has held a similar position at the National Security Council. His deputy is David Gersten, who has coordinated DHS’ activities in this area.

 

Message from Brian Kamoie, Assistant Administrator for Grant Programs, DHS/FEMA

45 Day Obligation Clarification:  The purpose of this message is to clarify the timeline for State Administrative Agencies (SAAs) to obligate, or “pass through,” at least 80 percent of State Homeland Security Program (SHSP) and Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) funding to local or Tribal governments within 45 calendar days after the SAA receives its Homeland Security Grant Program (HSGP) award from FEMA. Grant recipients have cited confusion regarding when the 45-calendar-day requirement begins.

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The NATIONAL EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS PLAN is the Nation’s over-arching strategic plan for enhancing emergency communications capabilities and interoperability nationwide. The updated 2014 NECP addresses the increasingly complex communications landscape that the public safety community uses to keep America safe and secure. The plan provides a roadmap for improving emergency communications for traditional emergency responder disciplines such as law enforcement, fire, and emergency medical services, while recognizing the importance of engaging non-traditional disciplines including public health, public works and transportation agencies.

 

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Announcement from Brian Kamoie, Assistant Administrator for Grant Programs, DHS/FEMA

Grant Programs Directorate Information Bulletin:  Jeh Johnson Announces Preparedness Grant Program Three Year Performance Period Restoration.

Thanks to diligent fiscal management of the grants, over the 27-month period ending December 31, 2014, the level of unspent balances in the Fiscal Year 2008-2012 programs has been drastically reduced with an 86% decline in unspent balances, tremendous progress.  As a result of this progress, Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson has determined that the period of performance will return to three years for the Fiscal Year 2015 grant cycle for major preparedness grant programs.

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DIRECTORATE OF TERRORIST IDENTITIES/TERRORIST SCREENING CENTER BRIEFING:
The Directorate of Terrorist Identities (DTI) at the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC) is the manager of the Terrorist Identities Datamart Environment (TIDE), the US Government (USG) central repository of information on international terrorist identities.

The Terrorist Screening Center (TSC) is the manager of the Terrorist Screening Database (TSDB), the consolidated repository of known and suspected terrorists.  The TSC sends information contained in the TSCB to their downstream partners, the screeners, for use during the day-to-day business of screening travelers and applicants.  The TSC also shares information via encounter notifications, intelligence information reports, and customer requests for information.

This briefing describes how DTI and TSC work together to use TIDE, TSDB and related resources to help homeland security, intelligence and law enforcement officers prevent terrorist attacks. Attending this briefing will help you, as a homeland security professional, understand the importance of submitting international terrorism information to your city’s terrorism reporting system – and how doing so keeps your community safe.

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