D.C. Homeland Security Commission Annual Report

CHHS Supports Development of D.C. Homeland Security Commission Annual Report

The District of Columbia Homeland Security Commission (HSC) was established by the Homeland Security, Risk Reduction, and Preparedness Amendment Act of 2006. The core function of the HSC is to make recommendations for improvements in security and preparedness in the District of Columbia. Specifically, the Commission is tasked by the Mayor with gathering and evaluating information on the status of homeland  security in the District, measuring progress and gaps in homeland security preparedness, recommending security improvement priorities in consultation with major public and private entities, and advising the District government on the homeland security program.

Confronted by such a broad statutory agenda, the seven-member Commission decided that it could most effectively make a contribution by concentrating in greater depth on one topic, rather than undertaking a cursory overview of the many subjects within its purview. With a focus on cybersecurity for the 2013 Annual Report, the Commission engaged in a year-long investigation process by interviewing those agencies that are  heavily involved in protecting the District’s critical infrastructure.

CHHS Senior Law and Policy Analyst Ulka Ghanta provided support to the Commission throughout the development of the 2013 Annual Report. From attending meetings and briefings regarding the data gathering process, to conducting research and analysis of the various cyber issues and threats impacting the District, Ghanta played a key role in the Commission’s efforts. The information collected provided the basis for the report, drafted and finalized by Ghanta and members of the Commission, for submission to the Mayor and District of Columbia Council. The final report also included a list of recommendations that the District should consider in 2014 to protect against and recover from potential cyber attacks.

This text was taken from the CHHS Spring 2014 Newsletter.

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