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HSAAC Membership

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is requesting qualified individuals who are interested in serving on the Homeland Security Academic Advisory Council (HSAAC) to apply for appointment.  The Council is composed of up to twenty-three (23) members, representing a diverse group of university and college presidents and academic association leaders who advise the Secretary of Homeland Security and DHS senior leadership on matters related to homeland security and the academic community, including: Academic research and faculty exchange; campus resilience; cybersecurity; homeland security academic programs; international students; and student and recent graduate recruitment.

The Department seeks to appoint individuals to eight (8) vacant positions on the Council. Additional information, such as requirements for participation, specific areas of expertise needed, and application instructions can be found in the Federal RegisterApplications will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. EST on June 17, 2016.

For additional details, please contact the DHS Office of Academic Engagement at AcademicEngagement@hq.dhs.gov and include the following subject line in your message: HSAAC Membership


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NTTX Topic/Exercise Scenario Nominations

Call for Topic/Exercise Scenario Nominations for the National Seminar and Tabletop Exercise (NTTX) for Institutions of Higher Education

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) requests topic/exercise scenario nominations for the 2016 National Seminar and Tabletop Exercise (NTTX) for Institutions of Higher Education. 

The DHS Office of Academic Engagement, in collaboration with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) would like input on topics/exercise scenarios from the higher education and emergency management communities given their equities to and expertise in campus resilience emerging issues and trends impacting colleges and universities. The 2016 NTTX will take place in October or November.  

Topic/exercise scenario nominations must be received by June 17, 2016

About the NTTX
The NTTX is a series of campus-based events to test and promote campus resilience. Each event in the series includes workshops and an exercise scenario focused on a specific resilience-related topic impacting the higher education community. The first NTTX in 2014 featured a fictitious infectious disease outbreak, while the second event in 2015 featured a cyber security breach scenario.

Selection Criteria
Nominated topics/exercise scenarios should reflect campus resilience issues or trends that impact the higher education community. Topics/exercise scenarios should also align with DHS core missions.

Please submit your recommended topics/exercise nominations in order of priority. OAE will review topic/exercise scenario recommendations in coordination with FEMA to select the topic for the 2016 NTTX. Upon selection, OAE will begin outreach in July for participation in the fall event. 

Nomination Process
Please send topic/exercise scenario nominations via email directly to OAE at: AcademicEngagement@hq.dhs.gov. Please include the following subject line in your message: 2016 NTTX Topic Nomination

Additional Opportunity: Join the NTTX Planning Team
DHS is also looking for representatives from colleges and universities to join the NTTX planning team. The NTTX planning team, which helps inform and develop materials for the event, convenes monthly via teleconference (in-person available) in advance of the fall 2016 event.

To participate in the planning team process and for additional details, please contact the Office of Academic Engagement at:AcademicEngagement@hq.dhs.gov. Please include the following subject line in your message:  


2016 NTTX Planning Team

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