Department of Homeland Security Seeks NLC Member Input on Keeping Our Nation Safe

July 29, 2013

By Neil Bomberg

Every four years, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) examines how things have changed over the past four years so that it can develop strategies to address evolving threats and keep our nation safe, secure and resilient.  

This time around, DHS is seeking input from local officials.  Local leaders’ input will be critical to the success of this effort and will ensure that the interests of cities and towns across the country are addressed.  

Over the next few months, DHS will be posting materials on their new Quadrennial Homeland Security Review (QHSR) Community of Practice (CoP) website, and will be looking for continuous and interactive engagement with city leaders. The QHSR aids in identifying the importance of homeland security and addresses the potential threats facing our nation and the need for strategic response.  

According to DHS, over the next two months they will be focusing on two of five areas they expect to cover as part of this year’s QHSR:

(1)    Securing and Expediting Flows of People and Goods – The initial postings on “Flows” will revolve around trends that impact the flow of people and goods and how those trends impact homeland security stakeholders.

(2)    Governance in the Homeland Security Enterprise - The Public-Private Relationship – The initial postings on “Partnerships” will focus on soliciting examples and write-ups of public private partnerships that homeland security stakeholders have experienced – to include what works and what does not work.  

Participation in this effort is simple and completely voluntary.  Simply click here to register and request an account.  

 The Registration Guide provides directions on how to join the community.  Here are a few important things to know:

(1)    When registering, please list Michael Wikoff as the government sponsor:
Michael Wikoff (Program Analyst, Office of Policy/SPAR, 202-282-9298, michael.wikoff@hq.dhs.gov)
(2)    Please note that when submitting your registration, there will be an approval process that may take up to two business days. Once approval is complete, participants will receive an e-mail with a temporary log-in password.  After initial log-in, go to the “Communities Tab,” click on “Available Communities” and select “Quadrennial Homeland Security Review” from the list.

For assistance regarding registration or questions regarding the QHSR, please contact QHSR@dhs.gov.