Regional Overview of Critical Infrastructure Programs (2015-2016) Project

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We are looking for public-private partnership critical infrastructure programs to participate in the Regional Overview of Critical Infrastructure Programs Project: Regional Overview of Critical Infrastructure Programs Fact Sheet February 2015

Overview

The State, Local, Tribal, and Territorial Government Coordinating Council (SLTTGCC) and the Regional Consortium Coordinating Council (RC3) are collaborating on a project to document the current state of the critical infrastructure mission implementation across the Nation. The Regional Overview of Critical Infrastructure Programs (2015-2016) project will summarize SLTT and public-private partnership critical infrastructure programs’ operational and budgetary changes over time; detail how programs are implementing critical infrastructure activities; and facilitate the sharing of information and best practices.

The Regional Overview represents Phase 2 of a project initiated in 2011 by the SLTTGCC and similar efforts by the RC3. The efforts and outcomes of the SLTTGCC Regional Initiative from 2011-2013 and the 2013-2014 RC3 Member and Mission Landscape Study represent Phase 1 of the initiative, which detailed the composition, focus, activities, best practices, and needs of SLTT and private sector critical infrastructure programs and regional partnerships. The Regional Overview also implements specific regional and information-sharing priorities identified by the SLTTGCC in 2014.

In addition to documenting the current state of critical infrastructure programs and activities, the 2015-2016 project will review and validate challenges, needs, and requirements identified in Phase 1; identify if/how they’ve been addressed; and document additional actions underway to address the issues.

Scope

The Regional Overview consists of two primary inputs and a package of dynamic outputs that enable the councils to continuously demonstrate value to their partners through facilitating discussions on critical infrastructure issues, highlighting best practices, and communicating stakeholder needs. The project is scheduled to run one year, examining critical infrastructure activities progressively through each FEMA region.

Inputs include two primary mechanisms of gathering information:

  • Virtual Roundtables: Each region will include three distinct virtual roundtables: State/Tribal/Territorial critical infrastructure coordinators, local critical infrastructure professionals, and individuals representing public-private partnerships. Each roundtable will focus on program changes, challenges, and best practices, including topics such as information sharing, cybersecurity, and Federal program integration. Conducted via webinar with 10-15 participants, the roundtables will enable the Councils to gather input needed for the project outputs through interactive dialogue among critical infrastructure professionals.
  • Pre-Roundtable Questionnaire: Brief questionnaires will be sent to participants in advance of virtual roundtables to serve three purposes: (1) gather basic information across all programs/partnerships (e.g., size, key personnel, primary partners); (2) gather new content to aid in developing an interactive roundtable discussion (e.g., program/mission changes, challenges, best practices); and (3) confirm/update previous findings.

Outputs will vary by region, but will include a combination of the following products:

  • Region Snapshot: This 2-4 page document will be developed for each region, to serve as an overview of the region’s critical infrastructure programs and partnerships, focus areas, best practices, and needs summary.
  • Other: At least one of the following outreach products will be selected for each region:
    • Newsletters: Submit content to critical infrastructure newsletters; for example, the SLTTGCC and RC3 designated sections of the IP Partnership Quarterly. This activity would enable broad visibility on efforts by critical infrastructure professionals and facilitate the dissemination of critical infrastructure best practices.
    • Operational Information Tools: Contribute to information products that would support critical infrastructure preparedness, response, and recovery operations at the local and regional levels. This could include points of contact directories and/or process checklists and inventories.
    • Webinars: Contribute topics, speakers, and content for council Webinars, such as the SLTTGCC’s Real-Time Forums and the JCIP (Joint Critical Infrastructure Partnership) Webinar series. This activity would add value to participants, as they would directly interact with their peers and leading experts on critical infrastructure issues.
    • Best Practice Summaries: Generate brief summaries of leading practices in addressing critical infrastructure activities and challenges. The summaries will be disseminated through the councils’ Members and Alliance Networks and throughout DHS Office of Infrastructure Protection (IP), to enable broad visibility on the issues.
    • Presentations: Contribute content for SLTTGCC/RC3 Leadership’s presentations on the councils’ activities; examples include SLTTGCC Plenary sessions, sector council meetings, and council updates to DHS IP

Value

The Regional Overview will bring value to critical infrastructure professionals, to the SLTTGCC and RC3, and to DHS IP. The project will highlight and build upon the activities and efforts that Council Members and Alliance Networks have implemented to support and enhance regional critical infrastructure security and resilience. Further, the project will identify future collaborative efforts and inform decisions to improve the security and resilience of the Nation’s critical infrastructure, as detailed in the NIPP 2013 Calls to Action and Joint National Priorities.

Through interactive dialogue, public and private critical infrastructure professionals will be able to identify current security and resilience concerns and challenges which will reach a broad audience and lead to collaborative solutions, including leveraging IP programs and products. In addition, changes or trends in critical infrastructure security and resilience issues and practices over time will be highlighted to guide actions moving forward.

The results of this project are intended to drive implementation of national critical infrastructure goals and priorities, and spur action to improve and enhance regional and national resilience.

For more information and to participate, please contact sector.partnership@hq.dhs.gov.

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Posted in Critical Infrastructure, Public-Private Partnerships, RC3, Regional Overview Project, SLTTGCC
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