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FEMA’s David Kaufman Addresses Technology Foresight for Emergency Management

Federal Emergency Management Agency

by Eric Holdeman, Disaster Zone, Emergency Management Magazine, March 19, 2012

David J. Kaufman serves as the director of FEMA’s Office of Policy and Program Analysis. He is responsible for providing leadership, analysis, coordination and decision-making support to the FEMA administrator on a wide range of agency policies, plans, programs and key initiatives. … In his current position, he led the coordination effort to develop the Strategic Foresight Initiative (SFI). This initiative brought together a wide cross-section of the emergency management community to explore key future issues, trends and other factors, and to work through their implications. The result is a 36-page document titled Crisis Response and Disaster Resilience 2030: Forging Strategic Action in an Age of Uncertainty. …

For the full text of the interview with David Kaufman, conducted by Eric Holdeman of Emergency Management Magazine, visit FEMA’s David Kaufman Addresses Emergency Management Trends.

Lawmakers Take Closer Look at DHS’ Social Media Monitoring

by Luisa Castellanos, Communia Blog, Woodrow Wilson Center, February 17, 2012 at 10:40 am

There have not been many unifying issues for House Republicans and Democrats this congressional session. But, in a rare moment of bipartisanship, members of both parties took time at a Feb. 16 hearing to raise concerns with officials from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) about the agency’s approach to social media monitoring. The House Homeland Security Committee’s counterterrorism panel held the hearing, which sought to examine the intersection between DHS’ monitoring of social media channels and online news for real-time information on disasters and ensuring privacy for users of Twitter, Facebook and myriad other online forums. …

For full text of the article, visit Lawmakers Take Closer Look at DHS’ Social Media Monitoring « Communia.

Congressional Hearing: DHS Monitoring of Social Networking and Media

Subcommittee Hearing: DHS Monitoring of Social Networking and Media: Enhancing Intelligence Gathering and Ensuring Privacy

Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence | 311 Cannon House Office Building Washington, D.C. 20515 | Feb 16, 2012 10:00am

On Thursday, February 16, 2012 the Committee on Homeland Security’s Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence will hold a hearing entitled “DHS Monitoring of Social Networking and Media: Enhancing Intelligence Gathering and Ensuring Privacy.” The Committee will meet at 10:00 a.m. in 311 Cannon House Office Building.

Department of Homeland Security Contractor Monitored Social Networking Sites

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Federal Contractor Monitored Social Network Sites, By Charlie Savage, New York Times,  January 13, 2012

The Department of Homeland Security paid a contractor in 2009 to monitor social networking sites — like Facebook, blogs and reader comments on a news article — to see how the residents of Standish, Mich., were reacting to a proposal to move detainees from Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, to a local prison there, according to newly disclosed documents. While it has long been known that the department monitors the Internet for information about emerging threats to public safety like a natural disaster or a terrorist attack, the documents show that its Social Networking/Media Capability program, at least in an early stage, was also focused on “public reaction to major governmental proposals with homeland security implications.” A department official said Friday that the social network monitoring program did not produce reports about public opinion, but instead focused exclusively on monitoring crises like hazardous material spills, shooting incidents and natural disasters. …

For full text of this article, Federal Contractor Monitored Social Network Sites – NYTimes.com.

How can DHS effectively use social media for rapid situational awareness to improve crisis response, while at the same time minimize the potential impact on privacy and first amendment rights? What do you think is the appropriate balance?

LIVE WEBCAST: Improving Emergency Communications Through Private Sector Innovation

Improving Emergency Communications through the Private Sector Innovation

WASHINGTON— Closing the gap between the public safety community and private sector innovators has the potential to save lives by vastly improving the way emergency responders communicate during an incident with each other, the authorities, and the citizens they serve.

To discuss the current and future technology innovations that aim to enhance emergency operations the Wilson Center and the National Alliance for Public Safety GIS Foundation will convene a panel of experts from the private sector and the Department of Homeland Security. The panel will debate the methods for forging the public-private partnerships necessary for the success of a national public safety broadband network.


Morgan Wright, Vice-President, Global Public Safety Segment, Alcatel-Lucent (Moderator)
Bill Maheu, Senior Director, Qualcomm
Bronwyn Agrios, Project Manager – Social Media, ESRI
Rick Zak, Director of Justice & Public Safety Solutions, Microsoft
Chris Essid, Director, Office of Emergency Communications, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

When:             Tuesday, November 1, 2011, 4:30 – 6:00 p.m. EDT

Where:           The Wilson Center, 5th Floor Board Room, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW (Federal Triangle Metro)

To follow the discussion on Twitter use the hashtag: #EComms
To get directions or to watch the LIVE webcast, please click here.

DHS | Presidential Policy Directive / PPD-8: National Preparedness

March 30, 2011


SUBJECT: National Preparedness

This directive is aimed at strengthening the security and resilience of the United States through systematic preparation for the threats that pose the greatest risk to the security of the Nation, including acts of terrorism, cyber attacks, pandemics, and catastrophic natural disasters. Our national preparedness is the shared responsibility of all levels of government, the private and nonprofit sectors, and individual citizens. Everyone can contribute to safeguarding the Nation from harm. As such, while this directive is intended to galvanize action by the Federal Government, it is also aimed at facilitating an integrated, all-of-Nation, capabilities-based approach to preparedness.

Therefore, I hereby direct the development of a national preparedness goal that identifies the core capabilities necessary for preparedness and a national preparedness system to guide activities that will enable the Nation to achieve the goal. The system will allow the Nation to track the progress of our ability to build and improve the capabilities necessary to prevent, protect against, mitigate the effects of, respond to, and recover from those threats that pose the greatest risk to the security of the Nation.

The Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism shall coordinate the interagency development of an implementation plan for completing the national preparedness goal and national preparedness system. The implementation plan shall be submitted to me within 60 days from the date of this directive, and shall assign departmental responsibilities and delivery timelines for the development of the national planning frameworks and associated interagency operational plans described below.

For full text of PPD-8, visit DHS | Presidential Policy Directive / PPD-8: National Preparedness.

DHS sets policies for ‘unidirectional social media’ tools and personal information

By Alice Lipowicz, Federal Computer Week, Mar 24, 2011

The Homeland Security Department has trained its employees not to collect personal data from individuals with whom they interact via social media tools such as widgets, mobile applications, text messages and Real Simple Syndication feeds, according to a report from the department’s Office of the Chief Privacy Officer. …

For full text of the article, visit DHS sets policies for ‘unidirectional social media’ tools and personal information — Federal Computer Week.

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