Summary: Maritime Partners Opportunity to Shape DHS Policies and Priorities
Area Committees, Area Maritime Security Committees, Harbor Safety Committees, and other maritime partners and stakeholders have been invited and are encouraged to participate in the Department of Homeland Security’s first Quadrennial Homeland Security Review (QHSR). Maritime partner and stakeholder participation will be essential to informing the QHSR process about maritime issues and interests.
What is the Quadrennial Homeland Security Review?
The Department of Homeland Security is conducting a congressionally mandated, top-to-bottom review of the Department's policies and priorities that will guide the Department and the nation for the next four years. This first Quadrennial Homeland Security Review (QHSR) review is being conducted by Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano with key assistance from a set of study groups within DHS, each charged with reviewing a different aspect of the Department's mission and operations. Coast Guard subject matter experts are assisting with review of maritime missions and operations.
What is the National Dialogue on the Quadrennial Homeland Security Review?
The Secretary of Homeland Security has invited internal agencies and external partners to participate in the National Dialogue on the Quadrennial Homeland Security Review. This groundbreaking, web-based interactive dialogue is designed to allow a broader range of opinions and ideas to inform the QHSR process, and to strengthen the Department's relationship with its vast array of partners and stakeholders, including other federal agencies, state, local, and tribal governments, law enforcement professionals, first responders, academic institutions, and the business community.
In order to capture this critical feedback, the Secretary is seeking participation in three week-long, web-based dialogues. Each dialogue will build on the previous one, allowing participants to view and comment directly on proposed elements of the review before they are made final. Your invaluable participation will directly inform the work of the DHS study groups conducting the QHSR—and ultimately, our Homeland Security policies and priorities over the next four years.
The final report is due to Congress on December 31, 2009.
What is the National Dialogue process?
The National Dialogue is a conversation between Homeland Security stakeholders and DHS on an innovative web-based platform. The National Dialogue is an iterative process, building on participant input over the course of three dialogues. Each of the three dialogues will involve discussions on six topics being reviewed by DHS:
Counterterrorism and Domestic Security Management
Securing Our Borders
Smart and Tough Enforcement of Immigration Laws
Preparing for, Responding to, and Recovering from Disasters
Homeland Security National Risk Assessment
Homeland Security Planning and Capabilities
This unique experiment in 21st-century stakeholder consultation is being hosted by the National Academy of Public Administration, an independent, non-profit, congressionally-chartered institution, on behalf of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
How can Stakeholders participate in the National Dialogue?
The National Dialogue on the QHSR will take place over three week-long sessions between August and October 2009:
First Dialogue: August 3rd through August 9th
The first dialogue session will seek stakeholder opinion on general priorities of different Homeland Security mission areas. During this session, stakeholders will be able to evaluate the missions and goals proposed by DHS study groups, and rate, tag, and suggest their own alternative proposals.
Second Dialogue: August 31st through September 6th
The second dialogue will enable stakeholders to prioritize and engage in open and interactive discussions on critical mission areas of the Department.
Third Dialogue: September 28th through October 4th
The third dialogue will seek stakeholder final review of the mission, goals and priorities articulated by the Department and the work of the internal and cross-functional DHS study groups.
Although the first dialogue does not begin until August 3rd, stakeholders can use access the collaboration webpage to sign up for news and announcements about the National Dialogue, and be notified when each Dialogue is live. Participation by maritime stakeholders is welcome, encouraged, and greatly valued.
For more information, see http://www.dhs.gov/qhsr. Join the conversation at http://www.homelandsecuritydialogue.org.
Inquiries may be directed to Commandant (CG-513) at email: Wendy.L.Davis@uscg.mil, or alternate, email: Edward.B.Sheppard@dhs.gov.
Announcement prepared by: COMDT (CG-5441)/Wayne.Young@uscg.mil.