Thursday, December 20, 2018

Need Your Input. NIMS Alert 38-18: National Engagement Period: National Qualification System (NQS) Supplemental Guidance. December 2018

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National Engagement Period: National Qualification System (NQS) Supplemental Guidance

FEMA’s National Integration Center is seeking public feedback on several National Qualification System (NQS) documents that enhance interoperability and the effectiveness of mutual aid.

This National Engagement Period will conclude at 5:00 p.m. EST on January 24, 2019. The National Engagement Period provides an opportunity for interested parties to comment on newly developed supplemental guidance.  

Today’s release includes:
NIMS NQS Supplemental Guide for Coaches and Evaluators that provides processes, procedures, and tools to assist authorities having jurisdiction (AHJ) develop and maintain coaching and evaluating programs as part of the larger qualification process; andNIMS NQS Supplemental Guide for QRBs that provide basic processes and procedures to assist AHJs develop and maintain a QRB as part of the larger certification process.

To support partner and stakeholder adoption, FEMA is hosting a series of 60-minute webinars to discuss the NQS supporting tools and answer questions. All webinars are open to the whole community, including individuals and communities, the private and nonprofit sectors, faith-based organizations, and all governments.

The schedule is below.  All times are Eastern Standard Time (EST).

Webinar 1: Thursday December 27, 2018, 1:00pm-2:00pm

Webinar 2: Monday January 7, 2019, 3:00pm-4:00pm

Webinar 3: Tuesday January 15, 2019, 10:00am-11:00am

Webinar 4: Thursday January 17, 2019, 5:00pm-6:00pm

Webinar 5: Tuesday January 22, 2019, 3:00pm-4:00pm

Webinar participants will have an opportunity to provide feedback to NIMS representatives during the webinars. After a short presentation, the NIC representatives will answer any technical questions participants may have.
To review the documents and for additional webinar information, visit:

To provide comments on the draft, complete the feedback form on the webpage listed above and submit the form to   

Thank you for your input and continued support. Together, we make our nation more secure and resilient.

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