HDIAC Inquiry 2015-0945

Hi Crystal,

I think my inquiry might have been misunderstood.

I also think the information provided here conflicts with that provided on the DHS website:


"The Department of Homeland Security distributes grant funds to enhance the ability of regional authorities to prepare, prevent and respond to terrorist attacks and other disasters. Localities use grants for planning, equipment, training and exercise needs."

I’m interested in learning of any potential funds available specifically related to protecting critical infrastructure related to electric power distribution, such as step-down substations.

I believe this activity would fall within "cybersecurity."

I am curious if there are funds available for "homeland defense" activities centered on hardening electrical power distribution sites.

For example, the Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI), State Homeland Security, and Buffer Zone Protection grant programs.

This document, Fiscal Year 2010 Buffer Zone Protection Program Guidance and Application Kit, suggests funds are (or were) available for:

• High profile hotels

• High occupancy stadiums and arenas

• Large retail facilities

• Office buildings exceeding 850 feet

• Highest consequence chemical facilities

• High consequence liquefied natural gas facilities and oil refineries

• Centers for Disease Control Tier 2 stockpile repositories

• Biohazard Safety Level-3 facilities

• High risk international and suspension bridges

• Critical water/wastewater systems

The 2010 document suggests applications for DHS grants are available at grants.gov.

However, I have not found more recent information on the Buffer Zone Protection program and thought that HDIAC might be a good place to start my inquiry into the current state of federal programs supporting protection of electric power distribution infrastructure.




About Tanner Jessel

I am a recent M.S. in Information Science graduate from the University of Tennessee School of Information Science. I was formerly a graduate research assistant funded by DataONE (Data Observation Network for Earth). Prior, I worked for four years as a content lead and biodiversity scientist with the U.S. Geological Survey's Biodiversity Informatics Program. Building on my work experience in biodiversity and environmental informatics, my work with DataONE focused on exploring the nature of scientific collaborations necessary for scientific inquiry. I also conducted research concerning user experience and usability, and assisted in development of member nodes with an emphasis on spatial data and infrastructure. I assisted with research designed to understand sociocultural issues within collaborative research communities. Through August 1, 2014, I was based at the Center for Information and Communication Studies at the University of Tennessee School of Information Science in Knoxville, Tennessee.

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