Updates

DHS Secretary Mayorkas Announces Inaugural Members of Tribal Homeland Security Advisory Council

As part of the White House Tribal Nations Summit, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas announced the appointment of 15 members to the first-ever Tribal Homeland Security Advisory Council. Including one of our own advisors, Lynda Zambrano, Founder, and Executive Director, National Tribal Emergency Management Council and the Northwest Tribal Emergency Management Council.

CDSE CASE STUDY: Potential Risk Indicators: Active Shooter and Pathway to Violence job

CDSE’s Insider Threat Division will highlight current job aids and case studies for learning, and professional development and for use as teaching tools for your insider threat programs. This month’s feature is the Potential Risk Indicators: Active Shooter and Pathway to Violence job aid and a case study on Yu Zhou and Li Chen.

2022 D.C. Interoperability Summit After Action Report

The 2022 Interoperability Summit After Action Report and Summary is now available. The 4th annual D.C. Interoperability Summit marked the 40th anniversary of the Air Florida Flight 90 Crash and the D.C. Metro Orange Line Train Derailment, as well as the 26th anniversary of the abduction and murder of Amber Hagerman. Learn how far interoperable communications have come in the past 40 years.

We Want to Hear from You!

Interested in sharing your thoughts on ways to improve the Domestic Preparedness Journal? Willing to help by participating in a 60-minute market research interview? We’re conducting interviews by videoconference the week of December 5th and 12th and we want to hear from you!

FACT SHEET: Biden-⁠Harris Administration Releases National Security Memorandum to Strengthen the Security and Resilience of U.S. Food and Agriculture

President Joe Biden signed National Security Memorandum-16 (NSM-16) to strengthen the security and resilience of United States food and agriculture. The National Security Memorandum builds on the Biden-Harris Administration’s ongoing work to ensure that American families have access to safe, affordable food, that America’s producers are able to get their goods to market, and that the American food and agricultural system is better prepared for threats that may harm the health of crops and livestock and cause shocks to the cost or availability of food.

TSA Issues New Cybersecurity Requirements for Passenger and Freight Railroad Carriers

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced a new cybersecurity security directive regulating designated passenger and freight railroad carriers. The announcement demonstrates the Biden-Harris Administration’s commitment to strengthening U.S. critical infrastructure cybersecurity. Building on the TSA’s work to bolster defenses in other transportation modes, this security directive will further enhance cybersecurity preparedness and resilience for the nation’s railroad operations.

With New American Rescue Plan Funding, HHS Expands and Strengthens the Community and Public Health Workforce

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Health Resources and Services Administration, awarded more than $266 million in American Rescue Plan funding to grow the community and public health workforce.

Biden-Harris Administration Announces $1 Billion in Funding for First-Ever State and Local Cybersecurity Grant Program

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced a first-of-its-kind cybersecurity grant program specifically for state, local, and territorial (SLT) governments across the country. This State and Local Cybersecurity Grant Program, made possible thanks to President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, provides $1 billion in funding to SLT partners over four years, with $185 million available for Fiscal Year 22, to support SLT efforts to address cyber risk to their information systems.

S&T Launches New Training Guideline for Detection Canine Teams

The Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) announced a new interactive training tool for handlers and trainers of explosive detection canines to upgrade their capabilities to Person-Borne Explosives Detection.

DHS Releases Recommendations to Protect National Public Warning System from EMPs

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released a report on operational approaches to protect the National Public Warning System from an electromagnetic pulse (EMP). The report is a collaborative effort between the DHS Science and Technology Directorate, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Integrated Public Alert and Warning System Program, and the Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency.