Friday, October 31, 2014

HSEEP - Homeland Security Exercise Evaluation Program

HSEEP is a national program developed by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency. Exercises funded through Federal agencies require HSEEP compliance.

HSEEP is a capabilities- and performance-based exercise program that includes a cycle, mix, and range of exercise activities of varying degrees of complexity and interaction. The purpose of HSEEP is to build self-sustaining exercise programs and provide a standardized policy, methodology, and terminology for designing, developing, conducting, evaluating and improving all exercises. 

More information can be found on the HSEEP web site.

What Does It Mean to Be HSEEP Compliant?

HSEEP Compliance is defined as adherence to specific HSEEP-mandated practices for exercise program management, design, development, conduct, evaluation, and improvement planning. In order for an entity to be considered HSEEP Compliant it must satisfy four distinct performance requirements:

  1. Conducting an annual Training and Exercise Plan Workshop (TEPW) and maintaining a Multi-year Training and Exercise Plan (MTEP).
  2. Planning and conducting exercises in accordance with the guidelines set forth in HSEEP Volume I, Volume II, and Volume III.
  3. Developing and submitting a properly formatted After-Action Report/Improvement Plan (AAR/IP). The format (Template) for the AAR/IP is found in HSEEP Volume III.
  4. Tracking and implementing Corrective Actions (CA) identified in the AAR/IP. The Department of Homeland Security’s Corrective Action Program (CAP) provides the basis for systematically identifying, analyzing, and monitoring the implementation of initiatives aimed at resolving deficiencies uncovered in exercises, training events, real-world events, and policy discussions. The CAP provides a systematic means for overcoming the perennial problem of observing the same issues repeatedly characterized as “lessons learned” in reports compiled following major events.

Why Is It Important to Be HSEEP Compliant?

Adherence to the policy and guidance presented in the HSEEP Volumes ensures that exercise programs conform to established best practices, and helps provide unity and consistency of effort for exercises at all levels of government. 

Where Do I Start?

Clas Consulting has developed an HSEEP program for becoming HSEEP compliant that simplifies the information found in HSEEP Volumes I-III. The program provides Training and Exercise plan examples. It also provides practical information in designing and conducting exercises and following up with after action reports and improvement plans. 
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