Monday, October 31, 2022

Risk Methodology Feedback – Updated Fiscal Year 2023 Proposed Enhancements


Dear Homeland Security Partners,


Please see the below message from the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Grant Programs Directorate (GPD) regarding revisions to the proposed enhancements of the State Homeland Security Program (SHSP) and Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI)  risk methodology and the webinars that have been scheduled to discuss the proposed changes.


Thank you. 


Best Regards,


Office of Intergovernmental Affairs

U.S. Department of Homeland Security




After receiving feedback from state, territory, and urban area stakeholders, FEMA’s Grant Programs Directorate (GPD) has made revisions to the proposed enhancements of the State Homeland Security Program (SHSP) and Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI)  risk methodology.  


GPD is hosting two webinars to present and discuss these new proposed changes on November 2nd and 7th.  We encourage you to invite all your stakeholders and partners, including law enforcement, emergency managers, first responders, as well as those representing other geographic areas and associations affected by these grants.  Materials explaining new variables and data sets, threat landscapes, and analyses relied upon by GPD, will all be shared in advance of the webinars.    


Following these sessions, GPD seeks feedback on the updated proposed enhancements from states, territories, the nation’s 100 most populous metropolitan statistical areas, and impacted law enforcement, emergency managers, first responders, and those representing other geographic areas and associations. Written comments on the updated proposed enhancements can be sent to Responses are due no later than November 10, 2022.


All stakeholder feedback will be analyzed against the proposed Fiscal Year (FY) 2023 recommendations to determine if there should be any additional changes to these proposed risk methodology enhancements before implementation for the FY 2023 grants cycle. A summary of the feedback will be presented to the Department of Homeland Security Secretary and the FEMA Administrator, along with a recommended path forward on implementing changes. 


Please note, we anticipate commencing discussions on FY 2024 grants in mid-January.


We appreciate your continued partnership in this important endeavor and thank you for your support in shaping the future of the Homeland Security Grant Program. Please feel free to contact us with questions at


Webinar Details:

•           Nov. 2, 2022, 03:00 – 4:30 PM Eastern Time 

•           Nov. 7, 2022, 03:00– 4:30 PM Eastern Time 


Due to the expected large volume of participants, initially the Zoom webinar will have all participants muted and video disabled. During the webinar, you will have the option of raising your hand to ask a verbal question or using the Q&A function to ask written questions. The button to open the Q&A window should appear at the bottom of the zoom window. At the end of the presentation, you will have the option to raise your hand on Zoom so you can be unmuted and ask questions. The chat function within Zoom will be disabled.


Participation is optional. All attendees will need to register in order to attend. Please sign in a few minutes early to allow yourself time to register for the meeting. Call-in details will be automatically emailed to participants after registration is completed. If you download the calendar information, all scheduled webinars will show on your calendar, but you do not need to attend them all.


Register in advance for this webinar:


Or an H.323/SIP room system:

    H.323: (US West) or (US East)

    Meeting ID: 161 067 4235

    Passcode: 592017


    Passcode: 592017


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.


Thank you,

Pamela S. Williams

Assistant Administrator

Grant Programs Directorate




Washington, D.C.


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