Members of the IAEM Government Affairs committee will be participating in a listening session with FEMA on the first week of August to discuss the Homeland Security Grant Program. IAEM members that have any feedback or items related to the topics below should respond to this post or reach out to GovAffairs@iaem.com to ensure your voice is heard.
1) In what ways do the six current National Priority Areas (NPAs) (cybersecurity; soft target and crowded places; information and intelligence sharing; domestic violent extremism; community preparedness and resilience; and election security) accurately or inadequately represent the landscape of priorities for bolstering needed capabilities?
2) DHS and FEMA have committed to having this year's six NPAs remain consistent with next year. In practical terms, how has this affected your planning process?
3) How do you anticipate the new Buy American requirements will impact your investment planning?
4) If you were asked to reshape the HSGP program, what would be your priority?
a. Allocations across jurisdictions
b. Allowable costs and required minimums
c. Compliance and reporting
d. Application process and timeline
5) What changes would you make in that area or areas?
Hello Justin and Government Affairs Committee members,
I have found the HSGP to be one positive way that the U.S. Federal Government can help align the various SLTTs to more interoperable, multijurisdictional and collaborative standards and practices. This proactive (Preparedness/Protection/Prevention) funding should have that 1:6 cost/benefit ratio similar to Mitigation funding, as compared to Stafford Act Response/Recovery funding, IMHO. In other words, keep it going!
My two cents for item number one (1):
Thanks for asking!
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