On May 3, 2005, DomPrep’s John F. Morton, Marty Masiuk and Jim Hessman visited with Matt A. Mayer, the acting executive director of the Office of State and Local Government Coordination and Preparedness in the Department of Homeland Security.

Mr. Mayer is the DHS Office of Domestic Preparedness (ODP) official in-charge of the rollout of the national domestic all-hazards preparedness goal. He came to DHS from Colorado where he served Governor Bill Owens as the deputy director for the Department of Regulatory Agencies in which capacity he oversaw more than 590,000 licensed professionals, from accountants to veterinarians, and industries including banking, securities, insurance, telecommunications and energy.

DomPrep.com divided the 24 minute, 23 second interview into three segments.

In Segment One, Mr. Mayer discusses the¬†Homeland Security Presidential Directive 8 (HSPD-8)¬†on National Preparedness¬†and the¬†Interim National Preparedness Goal, he details the process of the regional rollout conferences and encouraged first responder participation as critical to the ‚Äútransformational‚ÄĚ nature of the HSPD-8 document.

The Regional Rollout Conference Schedule:

  • April 27, Los Angeles, California
  • May 11, Chicago, Illinois
  • May 27, Miami, Florida

Additional rollout conferences will be held for grantees and other invitees. For more information on rollout conferences, e-mail DHS directly.

Duration :7 Minutes 33 Seconds

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In Segment Two, Mr. Mayer then turned to a discussion of Capabilities-Based Planning and the process involved in arriving atentifying:

  • HSPD-8 Interim Goal‚Äôs 15 National Planning Scenarios
  • 200 Critical Common Tasks
  • 36 Target Capabilities

Duration :8 Minutes 47 Seconds

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In Segment Three, Mr. Mayer highlights the importance of Regional Collaboration and Information Sharing, giving background on the Lessons Learned Information Sharing (LLIS) Service, or LLIS.gov, the national network of Lessons Learned and Best Practices for emergency response providers and homeland security officials.

He also encourages State, local and tribal government entities to take advantage of the ODP’s Homeland Security Preparedness Technical Assistance Program.

For further information on the Homeland Security Preparedness Technical Assistance Program, call the ODP Help Line at (800) 368-6498 or email askcsid@dhs.gov.

Lastly, he gives a roadmap for the requirements to define Standards for Preparedness Assessments – from which a final comprehensive report will be developed for submission to the President on March 31, 2008.

Duration :8 Minutes

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Matt Mayer is the Acting Executive Director, Chief of Staff, and Senior Policy Advisor for the Office of State and Local Government Coordination and Preparedness (SLGCP) in the Office of the Secretary in the Department of Homeland Security (Homeland Security). SLCGP is the primary office responsible for terrorism preparedness in Homeland Security. SLGCP provides training, funds for the purchase of equipment, support for the planning and execution of exercises, technical assistance and other support to assist states and local jurisdictions prevent, plan for, and respond to acts of terrorism. SLCGP also is the primary point of contact for state and local governments with Homeland Security.

Mr. Mayer came to Homeland Security from Colorado where he served Governor Bill Owens as the Deputy Director for the Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA). He oversaw more than 590,000 licensed professionals – from accountants to veterinarians – and industries including banking, securities, insurance, telecommunications and energy.

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John F. Morton

John F. Morton is the Strategic Advisor for DomPrep. He is also the Homeland Security Team Lead for the Project on National Security Reform (PNSR). A member of the DomPrep team since its founding, he has served as managing editor for writer assignments and interviewer for scores of DomPrep audio interviews.

Martin D. Masiuk

Martin (Marty) Masiuk is president and founder of International Media Representatives Inc. (IMR Group Inc.), which was established in 1986 as an American-based media representation firm for overseas, aerospace, and defense publications. In 1998, under the IMR Group, he established DomesticPreparedness.com, which has evolved into a highly trusted, and important information service for the multi-disclipline, multi-jurisdiction preparedness community. In 2014, he transitioned the DomPrep40 into the Preparedness Leadership Council to lessen the burden on and increase the effectiveness of operational preparedness professionals and help policy professionals make better-informed decisions. Prior to IMR Group, he served as an account representative for McGraw Hill’s Business Week and Aviation Week & Space Technology publications.

James D. Hessman

James D. Hessman is former editor in chief of both the Navy League’s Sea Power Magazine and the League’s annual Almanac of Seapower. Prior to that dual assignment he was senior editor of Armed Forces Journal International.

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