The State, Local, Tribal, and Territorial Government Coordinating Council establishes working groups to address specific issues and challenges within the SLTT community, as well as provide SLTT governments’ perspective into Federal critical infrastructure security and resilience policies, programs, and initiatives.
Cybersecurity Working Group (CSWG)
The purpose of CSWG is to develop guidance and advocate on behalf of SLTT governments on efforts to enhance cybersecurity and resilience across the Nation. CSWG developed several products for SLTT jurisdictions, such as the Cyber Resource Compendium and the Cyber Liability Insurance issue paper, while submitting an issue paper on the current status of cybersecurity grant funding to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The working group recently collaborated with the DHS Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and the Regional Consortium Coordinating Council’s (RC3) Cyber Working Group to co-host a series of webinars designed to educate and raise awareness of common cybersecurity concerns amongst SLTT governments and the private sector.
Information Sharing Working Group (ISWG)
ISWG focuses on monitoring and improving the critical infrastructure information sharing environment between federal, SLTT, and private sector partners, as well as assisting in the development of collaborative partnerships and mechanisms to share critical infrastructure information. At the completion of the Regional Overview of Critical Infrastructure Programs project, ISWG led the development of the Council’s Communications, Outreach, and Marketing Strategy (the Strategy). The Strategy establishes stakeholder networks with which the Council communicates, the primary mechanisms for communication, and how the Strategy will be implemented. It is also used to identify annual initiatives and resources needed for implementation.
Infrastructure Identification and Prioritization Working Group (IIPWG)
IIPWG supports SLTT jurisdictions in their efforts to identify and prioritize critical infrastructure assets within their jurisdictions. The working group serves as the Council’s point of contact for collaboration with the DHS Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) on collection user requirements, outreach to the user community, and development of a baseline training program. The working group also works to identify training requirements and gaps in risk and vulnerability assessor training of SLTT jurisdictions.
Partner Engagement Working Group (PEWG)
PEWG manages the Council's membership functions, such as new member recruitment, reviewing and vetting candidate nominations, and presenting eligible candidates to the Executive Committee for membership consideration. PEWG ensures that the Council and its working groups maintain a diverse representation across critical infrastructure disciplines and SLTT jurisdictions. The working group also manages the assignments of members to participate in working groups and serve as Regional and Sector Liaisons.
Policy and Planning Working Group (PPWG)
PPWG reviews and provides the SLTT perspective to DHS about national level guidelines regarding the protection, security and resilience of critical infrastructure. PPWG leads the development of the SLTTGCC’s Sector Specific Plan (SSP) Annex to the National Infrastructure Protection Plan (NIPP) and contributes to national level initiatives as working group members to develop, review, and update plans, policies and guidelines such as the Joint National Priorities and the NIPP. Additionally, PPWG reviews policy and governance documents, and the structure of SLTTGCC ensuring council working group charters and bylaws are current.
Regional Initiatives Working Group (RIWG)
RIWG seeks to leverage regional efforts to protect, secure, and increase the resilience of critical infrastructure. It assesses concepts, programs, plans, and initiatives developed by state, local, tribal, and territorial governments in all 10 regions; monitors and suggests improvements to resiliency programs; and shares information, concepts, best practices, and lessons learned from regional initiatives. RIWG was instrumental in leading the Regional Overview of Critical Infrastructure Programs project in collaboration with the Regional Consortium Coordinating Council (RC3). The project produced a series of Regional Snapshots that documented the current state of critical infrastructure mission implementation across the Nation, and provided recommendations to DHS on improving Federal programs and tools.
Tools, Resources and Training Working Group (TRTWG)
TRTWG was established to identify best practices for integrating critical infrastructure information at public safety answer points (PSAPs) and improve emergency responders’ awareness and understanding of critical infrastructure in their jurisdictions, enabling dispatch centers to coordinate informed response efforts. TRTWG examines current procedures and methods for critical infrastructure information integration to PSAPs, and provides guidance and best practices for incorporating critical infrastructure information into PSAP operations. The working group is currently developing a compendium of available critical infrastructure training, tools, and resources.