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Introduction to the GRaDER Program Homeland Security Information Network (HSIN) Site

The Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction (CWMD) Office was established in December 2017 by consolidating primarily the Domestic Nuclear Detection Office, a majority of the Office of Health Affairs, as well as other DHS elements.

For current information related to CWMD, please visit the following:

The Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO) has established a limited access web-based tool designed to facilitate the exchange of information among various GRaDERSM program community stakeholders. Learn about the vetting and verification process.

This tool provides an environment in which detailed guidance related to the GRaDER program may be made available to those interested in the program. It is intended to promote the migration of detailed information from the Department of Homeland Security external website, leaving only basic guidance in the public domain. The tool and its procedures are designed to enable exchange of information while protecting proprietary data and sensitive, personally identifiable information.

Stakeholders will provide sensitive but unclassified information that will require segregation and special handling to prevent exposure. Personally identifiable information will not be subject to completion of a separate Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) or System of Record Notice (SORN). The GRaDER program will generally follow procedures outlined in the Privacy Impact Assessment for the Homeland Security Information Network (HSIN) Communities of Interest (COIs) by Operations Directorate, National Operations Center, dated June 22, 2007. However, GRaDER program HSIN registration information collected may vary from the information outlined in the 2007 PIA. The request for access requires contact information for three specific types of references (i.e., work supervisor, federal sponsor, personal reference), and one of three types of photo identification documents (submitted as a PDF) for verification of identity. Scanned identity documents are not needed after the nomination, vetting and verification processes are complete, and it will be subsequently discarded.

Stakeholders will sign government agreements and declare their permissions or restrictions pertaining to release of test reports and other instrument information to agencies outside the federal government as a condition of GRaDER program participation. The program will provide warnings reminding all stakeholders that proprietary information may not be shared with competing manufacturers. The program will segregate proprietary information using passwords, library access controls and/or manufacturer-specific communities of interest.

Last Updated: 01/23/2023
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