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August 2023

Featured in this issue: Editor Note: Close to Home by Catherine L. Feinman; 7 Best Practices for Implementing Housing Recovery Programs by Daina Ruback; Sports Celebrations – Expect the Best, Plan for the Worst by Robert Leverone; Community Preparedness for the Socially & Civically Isolated by George Schwartz; Recruitment and

FEMA Continues to Make Improper Reimbursements through the Presidential Residence Protection Assistance Grant Program

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) did not ensure state and local law enforcement agencies accounted for and expended Presidential Residence Protection Assistance (PRPA) grant funds in accordance with Federal regulations and component guidelines. Three recommendations to improve FEMA’s management of the PRPA grant program were made.

DHS Announces Additional $374.9 Million in Funding to Boost State, Local Cybersecurity

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced the availability of $374.9 million in grant funding for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2023 State and Local Cybersecurity Grant Program (SLCGP). State and local governments face increasingly sophisticated cyber threats to their critical infrastructure and public safety. Now in its second year, the

HHS Awards $2.5 Million to Help Decrease Food Insecurity in Native Communities

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, through the Indian Health Service, awards $2.5 million in funding to support the development of produce prescription programs in tribal communities. The purpose of the IHS Produce Prescription Pilot Program is to help reduce food insecurity and improve health care outcomes among

ICE Should Improve Controls to Restrict Unauthorized Access to Its Systems and Information

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) did not consistently implement effective access controls to restrict access to its network and information technology (IT) systems. Although ICE took a multi-layered approach to managing access for personnel who change positions or leave the component altogether, we determined that ICE did not consistently

Joint Statement from Mexico and the United States on Shared Efforts to Combat Illicit Fentanyl, Disrupt Arms Trafficking, and Humanely Manage Migration

On July 24, a U.S delegation led by Acting Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security Kristie Canegallo, Homeland Security Advisor Dr. Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall, Deputy Attorney General Lisa O. Monaco, and Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources Rich Verma were hosted by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador and senior Government

DHS S&T Awards Funds to PNNL to Research the Future of Emergency Management

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) awarded $1.67 million to the Department of Energy (DOE) Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) to conduct research on strengthening and reimagining the future emergency response structure. Tactical actions will focus on advancing next generation emergency operation centers (EOCs), supporting

DHS Announces Funding Allocations for FY 2023 Preparedness Grants

the Department of Homeland Security announced final allocations of $605 million in six Fiscal Year 2023 competitive preparedness grant programs. These allocations, together with the almost $1.4 billion in non-competitive grant funding announced earlier this year, total more than $2 billion in FY 2023 to help prepare our nation against threats


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Article Out Loud – The Evolution of Homeland Security Higher Education

  Full article by Heather Issvoran, an Article Out Loud from Domestic Preparedness, March 27, 2024. In this featured article, the director of strategic communications for the Center for Homeland Defense and Security describes how homeland security education expanded after the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, to ensure that

Article Out Loud – April 2024 Eclipse – Moving From Planning Into Operations

  Full article by Laurel J. Radow, an Article Out Loud from Domestic Preparedness, March 13, 2024. In this featured article, a member of the American Astronomical Society Solar Eclipse Task Force shares an operational checklist for communities that will experience a total solar eclipse on April 8, 2024. Eclipse event

Article Out Loud – Support and Planning Inside 911 Centers

  Full article by Heather McGaffin, an Article Out Loud from Domestic Preparedness, March 13, 2024. In this featured article, the director of The Office of Unified Communications in Washington, DC, provides a glimpse inside emergency communications centers and the strategic planning needed to ensure that someone is always there

Article Out Loud – Amateurs of Action – The Women of Radio

Full article by Desiree Baccus, an Article Out Loud from Domestic Preparedness, March 6, 2024.In this featured article, a public relations committee member for the National Association for Amateur Radio describes how volunteers are transforming emergency preparedness with an inclusive, diverse movement of impactful community engagement. Talented operators nationwide prove

Article Out Loud – A Holistic Approach to Cybersecurity Risk

  Full article by Ernesto Ballesteros, an Article Out Loud from Domestic Preparedness, February 28, 2024. In this featured article, a cybersecurity state coordinator for CISA explains how cybersecurity is a core business process that involves the entire organization or agency. The continuity of government and operations depends on a


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