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September is National Preparedness Month 2020

U.S. Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) strives to stay at the leading edge of innovative solutions to challenging technical problems. Using this year’s National Preparedness Month weekly themes as a guide, I’d like to take the opportunity to highlight some S&T programs worthy of a merit badge for the contributions they’ve made to our nation’s preparedness.

Mission Critical Occupations

Mission Critical Occupations (MCOs) are considered core to DHS and these occupations most directly affect mission success. Priority MCOs are identified as having the greatest impact on the Department’s goals and objectives.

Mission Areas

The Secretary of The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) oversees the third largest Cabinet Department and leads our nation's efforts to secure our country from terrorism to natural disasters.

DHS Announces Grant Allocations for Fiscal Year 2020 Preparedness Grants

As part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) ongoing efforts to support state, local, tribal, and territorial partners, Acting Secretary Chad F. Wolf today announced final allocations of $385 million for seven Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 DHS competitive preparedness grant programs.

DHS/FEMA/PIA-051 FEMA Physical Access Control Systems (PACS)

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Office of the Chief Security Officer (OSCO) owns and operates the Physical Access Control System (PACS). PACS supports a range of functions related to managing physical access by individuals to FEMA facilities. PACS allows authorized security personnel to simultaneously manage and monitor multiple entry points from a single, centralized location. FEMA is conducting this Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) Update to provide notice and assess the privacy impacts of FEMA’s use of PACS in ways not addressed in the original PIA, including the collection of additional PII; the expansion of unescorted access to State, Local, Tribal, and Territorial emergency managers; the use of new Facility Access Request forms; and the classified portion of PACS.

Incident Management

Coordinating the Federal Response

FEMA is providing support to HHS as it leads the response to COVID-19, including crisis action planning, situational awareness, and operational coordination.


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