DomPrep’s John F. Morton met with Thomas J. Lockwood, Director, Office of National Capital Region (NCR) Coordination, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to discuss Lockwood's views on the need to work in close coordination with the Washington, D.C., Council of Governments, the prioritization of all-hazards security plans, integrated training requirements, & the special roles played by regional CIOs & CTOs.
Background on NCR Coordination
The background, composition, and coordination of the NCR. Working through the Washington Council of Governments (COG). Leveraging coordination through existing bodies to prioritize all–hazards/homeland-security focus and investments.
Impact on the NCR
Regional assessment of the NCR via the Emergency Management Accreditation Program (EMAP); the challenges to development and implementation of the NCR Homeland Security Strategic Plan; coordinating an NCR awareness campaign on the need for personal-preparedness plans.
Prioritizing information sharing for CBRNE prevention/mitigation and response/recovery – e.g., provision of regional radio caches and common tool sets. The role of regional CIOs and CTOs in providing an architectural framework for tactical integration. Integrated training. How the NCR brings the appropriate players to the table to set regional requirements, write budget lines, and develop grant funding plans.
Application to Other Regions in the Country
The importance of knowing the regional players to prioritize, plan, and leverage interstate information fusion. The example of the “Quad State” Initiative created by Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania.
NCR Coordination and First Responder Authentication
The need for first-responder authentication. The Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 201 as a “trust model” for an open-architectureentity-management standard. The U.S. Fire Administrator’s case for consistent terminology based on emergency support function (ESF) to facilitate authentication. Use of first-responder authentication cards for after-action reports and assessments, and as a performance measure for future NCR exercises.
Thomas J. LockwoodDirector of the Office of National Capital Region Coordination (ONCRC)
Thomas J. Lockwood is a member of the Department of Homeland Security's senior leadership team and is the Director of the Office of National Capital Region Coordination (ONCRC). Director Lockwood is responsible for coordinating and strengthening ties between public, private, and regional authorities in the National Capital Region. Director Lockwood chairs the Joint Federal Committee, a coordinating body composed of emergency management and public safety coordinators from the Federal Executive, Legislative, and Judicial branches. He also serves as a member of the NCR Senior Policy Group, a group comprised of senior homeland security leaders from the District of Columbia, the State of Maryland, and the Commonwealth of Virginia, as well as an executive committee member of the NCR Emergency Preparedness Committee. Director Lockwood is the former Homeland Security Advisor and Deputy Director of Maryland's Office for Homeland Security. Director Lockwood has an extensive career in public service; including serving as an active executive board member on several public policy and not-for profit organizations, as well as leadership positions in state and federal government.