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Kentucky Office of Homeland Security Overview

The Kentucky Office of Homeland Security carries out multiple missions mandated by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security as well as the Kentucky General Assembly.  For example:

Community safety and security -- first responder training; seminars about personal safety; Neighborhood Watch support; management of Eye on Kentucky; assistance to Citizen Emergency Response Teams; and guidance against violence for business and industry.

Administrative oversight of the Kentucky Intelligence Fusion Center -- primarily ensuring multi-agency collaboration ranging from KOHS and Kentucky State Police intelligence analysts with GIS capabilities to the Missing and Exploited Child Center to providing secure work areas for various federal, state and local law-enforcement agencies as needed.  Additionally, the fusion center is a 24/7 Kentucky Transportation Cabinet resource for major highway monitoring plus coordination of circumstances regarding acts of nature affecting traffic flow and safety.

Federal-grant administration -- aiding cities, counties and state agencies in acquiring interoperable communications equipment, victim rescue gear, DHS-approved fire department and EMS equipment and devices essential in helping thwart attacks on infrastructure vital to the security and economic stability of Kentucky and the United States.

Counterterrorism -- threat and vulnerability assessments; suspicious activity intelligence gathering and analysis; classified information sharing with law-enforcement sources; awareness of anarchist and other groups engaged in unlawful practices; and preventive or mitigative guidance to both the public and private sectors against potential attacks.  The key is foreseeability rather than reaction. 

The Kentucky e-Warrant program -- innovative technology facilitating and expediting law enforcement's issuances of warrants. The system is accessed via a basic Internet connection in an office, police vehicle, or even a smart-phone device.

Managing the Law Enforcement Protection Program -- providing  needed funds for body armor, primary firearms and electronic-control weapons for local police and sheriff's departments. Money source: Confiscated illegal weapon auctions by KSP only to licensed federal weapons dealers.

Kentucky’s Critical Infrastructure Protection Program ---KOHS by and through the Kentucky Intelligence Fusion Center, identifies, analyzes and implements protective initiatives for the Commonwealth's 16 critical infrastructure and key resource sectors.  KOHS prepares assessments on critical assets and monitors intelligence in order to share information that may impact the Commonwealth’s key businesses and resources.

Impact of a Continuing Resolution on FEMA Grant Programs

 

As you may be aware, the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015 (Pub. L. No. 113-235), which Congress passed and President Obama signed on Dec. 16, 2014 does not provide the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) with a full year appropriation and continues to place DHS under a continuing resolution through at least Feb. 27, 2015. Because FEMA cannot administer Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 grant programs without a final FY 2015 appropriation, the continuing resolution delays the start of FEMA’s FY 2015 grant cycle. The length of that delay is dependent on the enactment of a final FY 2015 DHS appropriation, either in the form of a stand-alone DHS appropriations act or a full-year continuing resolution, as long as the resolution provides DHS and FEMA full year funding for FY 2015. FEMA can begin implementing the FY 2015 grant programs as soon as, but not before, the President signs a final FY 2015 spending bill.

 

The absence of a final FY 2015 appropriations act delays the implementation of FEMA non-disaster grant programs that would otherwise be initiated in FY 2015, including the Emergency Management Performance Grant (EMPG) Program; the State Homeland Security Grant Program; the Urban Areas Security Initiative (UASI) Grant Program; the Operation Stonegarden Grant Program; the Transit Security Grant Program; the Port Security Grant Program; the Tribal Homeland Security Grant Program; the Nonprofit Security Grant Program; and the Intercity Passenger Rail Grant Program.

 

The FY 2015 Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG), Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER)) Program, and Fire Prevention & Safety (FP&S) programs also are affected, although awards for the FY 2014 AFG, SAFER, and FP&S programs will continue as scheduled because those funds were appropriated in FY 2014 and are available for obligation until Sept. 30, 2015.

 

FEMA recognizes and is planning for the impacts on the grant cycle resulting from the delayed appropriation. Historically the appropriations acts funding FEMA’s grant programs have stipulated specific timeframes that govern each step in the grant cycle for all FEMA grant programs except the EMPG, AFG, SAFER, and FP&S programs. FEMA expects the FY 2015 appropriations act similarly to contain specific timeframes which FEMA and its grantees will be required to meet. Previously, FEMA has tried to minimize the impact on applicants by providing them with as much time as possible to work on and submit their applications. Nonetheless, an abbreviated application period may be unavoidable.

 

 

Homeland Security Information Network

The Homeland Security Information Network (HSIN) is the trusted network for homeland security mission operations to share Sensitive But Unclassified information. Federal, state, local, tribal, territorial, international and private sector homeland security partners use HSIN to manage operations, analyze data, send alerts and notices, and in general, share the information they need to do their jobs. For more information about HSIN, visit www.dhs.gov/HSIN.

Parties interested in obtaining access to the HSIN-Kentucky Communities of Interest can contact the Kentucky Intelligence Fusion Center at fusioncenter@ky.gov.

 

Homeland Security Information Network

 

Steven L. Beshear, Governor, Commonwealth of Kentucky.
Steven L. Beshear
Governor of Kentucky


 Gene Kiser
Executive Director


Related Content
 

Kentucky Office of Homeland Security's The Sentinel newsletter

The Sentinel-- Winter 2015

 

2014 Kentucky Preparedness Proclamation

Link to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security

"If You See Something, Say Something" video Post by Eye on KY.


Last Updated 1/27/2015
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