The Office of Homeland Security Situational Awareness (OSA) provides information daily to the Secretary of Homeland Security, senior leaders, and the homeland security enterprise to enable decision-making; oversees the National Operations Center; and leads the Department’s Continuity of Operations and Government Programs to enable continuation of primary mission essential functions in the event of a degraded or crisis operating environment.
The mission of the Office of Homeland Security Situational Awareness is to provide situational awareness, a common operating picture, and decision support for the Homeland Security Enterprise on threats, hazards, and events impacting the homeland.
The Office of Homeland Security Situational Awareness:
- Provides timely, accurate, and coordinated reporting on significant and upcoming DHS operations, operational responses, policy initiatives, and outreach on emerging threats and intelligence assessments.
- Ensures federal resources are coordinated in support of special events throughout the United States, as appropriate.
- Prepares the DHS Crisis Action Team to augment the National Operation Center during significant events.
- Leads the Department's internal Continuity of Operations and Government Programs and critical infrastructure efforts to enable continuation of primary mission essential functions in the event of a degraded and/or crisis operating environment.
The National Operations Center, which operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year, and serves as the primary, national-level hub for situational awareness, a common operating picture, information fusion, information sharing, and executive communications:
- Provides timely reporting and products derived from traditional and social media monitoring; DHS Component reporting; federal, state, local, tribal, territorial governments, and sector reports to support senior-leader decision making
- Provides and maintain information dissemination tools such as a common operating picture and the Homeland Security Information Network (HSIN) to facilitate information sharing with the federal, state, local, tribal, territorial governments, and private sector professionals
- Provides executive-level communications capabilities to link senior leaders to facilitate unity of effort and incident management efforts