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July 23, 2009

If a dog barks on the internet …?

Filed under: DHS News,Events,General Homeland Security,Strategy — by Christopher Bellavita on July 23, 2009

If you are interested enough in homeland security to be reading this, the Department of Homeland Security and the National Academy of Public Administration want you to participate in something called the National Dialogue on the Quadrennial Homeland Security Review (QHSR). Information about the Dialogue can be found at this link.

The first “meeting” is scheduled for August 3 through 9.  It is intended to be a “conversation between you, other Homeland Security stakeholders, and DHS on an innovative web-based platform.” (One hopes the “you” might also include unaffiliated people with a point of view about homeland security.)

The first dialogue “will seek your opinion on general priorities of different Homeland Security mission areas. During this session, you will be able to evaluate the missions and goals proposed by DHS study groups, and rate, tag, and suggest your own alternative proposals.”

Two additional dialogues are scheduled for later in 2009.  The QHSR has to be turned in to Congress on Thursday, December 31, 2009.  Presumably by the close of business, before everyone leaves for the long weekend.

Yes, this whole National Dialogue could turn into another one of those anemic “we involved our stakeholders” justifications slogged out with the National Response Plan, Target Capabilities List, Universal Task List and their mechanical cousins.

But it might also be an opportunity for well-intentioned people to discover how broad collaboration, Web 2.0, social networks, mashups, and lord knows what else can contribute to a homeland security future worth creating.

You can sign up on the www.homelandsecuritydialogue.org website to receive emails for “news and announcements about the National Dialogue, and be notified when each Dialogue is live.”

I am persuasively informed that signing up does not put you on any of the special “lists” that may or may not be maintained by agencies that may or may not exist.

Besides, as we learned during the Web 1.0 days:internet_dog1

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3 Comments »

Comment by William R. Cumming

July 23, 2009 @ 5:58 pm

Cartoon reminds me of comment at recent conference I attended–joint conference of NAS disaster rountable group and members of Presidents Commission on Children and Disasters! The comment was Congress passed special legislation mandating planning for pets but none for children. Hey US spend only $60 on basic food for pets. Vet bills above that. Disclosure I have recently adopted a cat who now happily patrols the mice, vole, and mole population on my grand “Estate.”!

Hoping maybe children might be target for upgrading consideration in the QHSR! By the way the mandate for that review I finally discoverd buried in the 286 pages of Public Law 110-53 effective August 3, 2007 “Implementing Recommendations of 9/11 Commission Act of 2002″!
No discussion of resilience anywhere in that statute but loaded with mandates for communication upgrades and interoperability and mandating certain organizations within DHS.

Comment by William R. Cumming

July 23, 2009 @ 6:06 pm

Should have read “$60 billion” on pet food and basic supplies.

Also another footnote at end of WWII in August 1945 including Eurpoean Russian over 13 million orphans. After Katrina in Louisiana alone 196,000 children under 18 (the spectrum considered by Presidential Commission) separated from parents or caregivers at various times. That statistic used by Mark Shriver Co-Chair of Commission. The other C0-Chair is Dr. Irwin Redlener, M.D., Director, National Center for Disaster Preparedness at the Columbia University MAILMAN SCHOOL of PUBLIC HEALTH! A force of nature in my opinion so expect the Commission report due October 2010 (just before election) to pull no punches and be hard-hitting. Do you know where you children are?

Comment by William R. Cumming

July 23, 2009 @ 6:08 pm

Another correct and sorry but statute referenced above became law August 3, 2007!

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