The Department of Homeland Security, National Protection and Programs Directorate, Office of Infrastructure Protection operates the Protective Security Advisor (PSA) Program composed of Regional Directors (RDs) and PSAs. RDs oversee and manage the PSAs in their respective region, while PSAs facilitate local field activities in coordination with other Department of Homeland Security offices.
The PSA Program maintains a robust operational field capability by:
- Conducting assessments of nationally significant critical infrastructure through Enhanced Critical Infrastructure Protection (ECIP) visits, Infrastructure Survey Tool, Rapid Survey Tool, and the Regional Resiliency Assessment Program.
- Providing access to critical infrastructure security and resilience resources, training, and information.
- Serving as liaisons between federal and local government officials and private sector critical infrastructure owners and operators during and after an incident.
To contact the PSA in your area, please send an e-mail to PSCDOperations@hq.dhs.gov stating your name, organization or business, location, and the reason that you are reaching out to the PSA.
What Is the PSA Program?
The PSA Program’s primary mission is to proactively engage with federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government mission partners and members of the private sector stakeholder community to protect the nation's critical infrastructure. PSAs support this mission in all 50 states and Puerto Rico by:
- Planning, coordinating, and conducting security surveys and assessments.
- Planning and conducting outreach activities.
- Supporting National Special Security Events (NSSEs) and Special Event Activity Rating (SEAR) Level I and II events, such as Super Bowls, Presidential Inaugurations, and Democratic and Republican National Conventions.
- Responding to incidents.
- Coordinating and supporting improvised explosive device awareness and risk mitigation training.
During incidents, PSAs serve as the infrastructure liaisons at the Federal Emergency Management Agency Joint Field Offices, Regional Coordination Centers, and state and county emergency operations centers.
PSAs also conduct joint site visits and vulnerability assessments of critical infrastructure assets with the Federal Bureau of Investigation. They work with the United States Secret Service to provide vulnerability assessments, security planning, and coordination during NSSEs and other large-scale special events.
For more information or to contact your local PSA, please send an e-mail to: PSCDOperations@hq.dhs.gov.