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Get involved with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). We are seeking businesses, universities, not-for-profits, and other private sector partners to help us identify best practices, improve strategic communication, and strengthen public-private partnerships. Send your ideas, comments, and questions, via e-mail to private.sector@dhs.gov or call us at 202-282-8484.

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Major Initiatives

Public Private Partnerships Conference

Save the Date: The second annual "Building Resilience through Public-Private Partnerships" Conference will be held July 23 - 24, 2012, in Colorado Springs, Colo. The event is sponsored by United States Northern Command (USNORTHCOM), in collaboration with the Department of Homeland Security HQ and FEMA. To learn more about last year's conference and get a flavor of what's in store, take a look at the 2011 Progress Report.

To receive registration information, please contact the Interagency Coordination Private Sector/Nongovernmental Organizations Office at USNORTHCOM at: nnc.icgps.omb@northcom.mil

Loaned Executive Program

The Loaned Executive Program provides an excellent opportunity for private sector subject matter experts from across sectors and industries to serve in a unique capacity on temporary rotation or sabbatical at DHS. If you or your company are interested in becoming more involved, please e-mail loanedexecutive@dhs.gov.

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Blue Campaign

In July 2009, Secretary Napolitano launched the Blue Campaign—a national initiative to combat human trafficking through enhanced public awareness, victim assistance programs, and law enforcement training and initiatives. The Blue Campaign encompasses a wide range of anti-trafficking programs designed to engage the American and global public, the Department’s federal, state, local and tribal law enforcement partners, nonprofit and nongovernmental organizations, the private sector, and governments around the world.

Find out how your business can engage in the fight against human trafficking by downloading the Human Trafficking Blue Campaign Toolkit or sending an e-mail to bluecampaign@dhs.gov.

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PS-Prep™

PS-Prep is a voluntary certification to enhance private sector preparedness and improve nationwide resilience. The program provides a mechanism by which a private sector entity may be certified by an accredited third-party, establishing that the private sector entity conforms to one or more preparedness standards adopted by DHS. Private sector entities are not required to comply with any standard under the program, although DHS encourages all private sector entities to consider seeking certification.

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DHS for a Day

DHS for a Day is an opportunity for private sector partners to learn more about the DHS mission and our operations and engagement throughout the nation. The program seeks to improve communication and interaction between private sector and the rest of the homeland security enterprise. Past events include a tour of the U.S. Secret Service James J. Rowley Training Center and a trip to San Diego to learn more about the United States Coast Guard and Customs and Border Protection activities in that area.

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Global Entry

Global Entry is a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) program to expedite pre-approved, low-risk air travelers through use of automated kiosks at the 20 largest U.S. international airports. By bypassing regular passport control queues and routine CBP questioning Global Entry significantly reduces overall wait times.

Currently over 599,000 travelers participate in Global Entry. Global Entry kiosks have been used over 784,000 times to scan members’ passports and fingerprints. This has saved CBP approximately 16,300 inspection hours—staff hours that have been used to expedite the regular passenger queues. The $100 Global Entry application fee enrolls the traveler for five years. Membership is currently open to U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, U.S. lawful permanent residents, Mexican citizens, and Dutch citizens.

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Get Involved

"If You See Something, Say Something"

This program encourages individuals across the country to be aware of their surroundings and, if they see something out of the ordinary or suspicious, to report it to local authorities. As Secretary Napolitano noted, "Homeland security starts with hometown security, and each of us plays a critical role in keeping our country and communities safe." If you or your organization would like to become involved in this campaign, please e-mail private.sector@dhs.gov.

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"Stop. Think. Connect."

This initiative aims to increase cybersecurity at the national level by educating individual Americans about Internet safety and how to protect yourself online.

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Ready.gov & Ready Business

How quickly can your company resume operations after a terrorist attack, a tornado, a fire, or a flood? The answer often depends on emergency planning and preparedness steps taken today. Plans can save lives, company assets, even your entire business – start working on yours now.

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Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT)

This program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their community and trains citizens in basic disaster response skills such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations.

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Resources

Business:

  • Commercialization Package: The Commercialization Office works to develop and execute programs that identify, evaluate, and commercialize technologies into products or services helpful to the homeland security enterprise.

    Learn more about the Commercialization Office or e-mail private.sector@dhs.gov for more information.

  • Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA): CRADAs are instruments that may be used in all aspects of a product and/or system life cycle where research, development, test and evaluation (RDT&E) activities occur. These agreements allow federal and non-federal partners to cooperate in particular ways to help bring a product and/or system to market.

    Learn more about CRADAs

  • SAFETY Act: The SAFETY Act provides important legal liability protections for providers of Qualified Anti-Terrorism Technologies – products and services. The goal of the SAFETY Act is to encourage the development and deployment of new and innovative anti-terrorism products and services by providing liability protections.

    Learn more about the SAFETY Act

  • Customs and Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT): C-TPAT is a voluntary government-business initiative to build cooperative relationships that strengthen and improve overall international supply chain and U.S. border security. Through this initiative, CBP works with businesses to ensure the integrity of their security practices and communicate and verify the security guidelines of their business partners within the supply chain.

    Learn more about C-TPAT

  • Travel and Trade: DHS has a number of programs that facilitate the flow of legitimate trade and travel.

    Learn more about our Travel and Trade programs

  • Grant Information: Learn more about DHS grant opportunities, or e-mail private.sector@dhs.gov for more information.
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General:

  • Private Sector Update: The Private Sector Office e-mail update features news and resources from across the Department tailored specifically for private sector stakeholders. Packed with webinars, trainings, and other information from across the Department, this newsletter is a great way for your organization to be ready for what happens next.

    Sign up for the Private Sector Update

  • Private Sector Resources Catalog: This catalog compiles information from across all DHS components to facilitate your organization's access to the resources that you need to help keep our country secure. Examples include: the National Cyber Alert System and the Introduction to Arab American and Muslim American Cultures.

    Learn more about the Private Sector Resources Catalog

  • DHS Public Affairs Incident Communications: DHS Office of Public Affairs manages the Private Sector Incident Communications Conference Line (PICCL) to provide private sector organizations with the up-to-date information that they need to secure their businesses and employees.

    Learn more about PICCL by e-mailing private.sector@dhs.gov.

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About the Private Sector Office

As the primary advisor to the Secretary on the impact of the Department’s policies, regulations, processes, and actions with the private sector, Assistant Secretary Douglas A. Smith and the Private Sector Office work constantly to create strategic communications with the private sector to enhance the homeland security enterprise.

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Last Published Date: July 19, 2013
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