The Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Personnel Management (OPM), Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Federal Risk Management Process Training Program (FedRMPTP), has been selected as a 2018 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Award Winner for
On October 19, 1995, six months after the Oklahoma City bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, President Clinton issued Executive Order 12977, creating the Interagency Security Committee (ISC) to address continuing government-wide security for federal facilities.
(Remembering the April 19, 1995 tragedy in Oklahoma when a truck bomb exploded outside of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building injuring hundreds and leaving 168 people dead. Courtesy of NBC News and YouTube. Posted on Apr 20, 2015.)
Prior to 1995, minimum physical security standards did not exist for nonmilitary federally owned or leased facilities.
The ISC’s mandate is to enhance the quality and effectiveness of physical security in and the protection of buildings and nonmilitary federal facilities in the United States.
The Interagency Security Committee’s policies, standards, and best practices are designed for Federal security professionals responsible for protecting nonmilitary federal facilities in the United States.
The ISC standards apply to all nonmilitary federal facilities in the United States—whether government-owned, leased, or managed; to be constructed or modernized; or to be purchased.
This ISC standard defines the criteria and processes that those responsible for the security of a facility should use to determine its facility security level and provides an integrated, single source of physical security countermeasures for all nonmilitary federal facilities.
The Standard also provides guidance for countermeasure customization for federal facilities.
Approximately 350,000 federal facilities across the country require a comprehensive risk assessment methodology.
As such Facility Security practitioners must address the threats, consequences and vulnerabilities of 33 undesirable events identified in The Risk Management Process for Federal Facilities: An Interagency Security Committee Standard Appendix A: The Design-Basis Threat (DBT) Report, June 2017, 11th Edition.
The Design-Basis Threat Report defines an undesirable event as:
“AN INCIDENT DIRECTED TOWARDS A FEDERAL FACILITY THAT ADVERSELY IMPACTS THE OPERATION OF THE FACILITY, THE MISSION OF THE AGENCY, OR PERSONNEL.”
Facility Security practitioners must address all 33 undesirable events in order to deliver a comprehensive risk assessment of their federal facility.
However, very often facility security practitioners do not always take into account all of the undesirable events when conducting risk assessments due to lack of expertise or available resources.
This leaves their facilities vulnerable to risk, exposed to unnecessary expense, lacking in efficiencies and non-compliant with federal standards.
Is Your Federal Facility In Compliance with Executive Order 12977
The Federal Risk Management Process Training Program is the first ISC certified training course offered to security and law enforcement professionals that that have the unique responsibility of protecting Federal facilities.
FedRMPTP is delivered in an interagency collaborative effort by experienced senior instructors from the Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).
The course curriculum was developed from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Interagency Security Committees’ Risk Management Process for Federal Facilities: An Interagency Security Committee Standard and its appendices.
Since its inception in 2014, the training program has conducted over 35 training sessions and trained 800+ security and law enforcement professionals across 77 Federal department and agencies, grades ranging from entry level through the Senior Executive Service.
FedRMPTP instructs participants on the criteria and processes of:
Determining a facility security level, identifying a baseline level of protection
Identifying and assessing risks
Determining the necessary or highest achievable level of protection, and
Implementing countermeasures that protect critical assets within federal facilities
The program extrapolates essential knowledge from over 900 pages of documentation within the Interagency Security Committee Standards and Appendices into collaborative exercises, hands-on interactive training, with instruction by security and risk management subject matter experts.
Course participants are provided the first ISC certified and approved Risk Management Process Tool designed by the team to:
Automate the process of calculating facility security levels
Identifying the relevant countermeasures associated with the various types of threats
Saving those conducting risk assessments time and resources as well as providing a means of documenting outcomes
In addition to the three-day training program, the team also offers assistance in setting up Security Risk Assessment Programs, Facility Site Visit Support, and single agency training.
The Federal Risk Management Process Training Program released its 2019 Schedule which includes 11 classes at various locations across the United States and eagerly anticipates the opportunity to congratulate their 1,000th participant during this schedule.
Over the next 12 months’ federal facilities will be required to meet the compliance requirements set forth in Executive Order 12977:
“… to enhance the quality and effectiveness of security in and protection of buildings and facilities in the United States occupied by Federal employees for nonmilitary activities…”
FedRMPTP provides a path for security practitioners to understand risk assessment methodologies and processes that can then be applied for compliance purposes.
The team’s ultimate goal is to provide federal facility risk assessment training to all agencies to empower them to establish timelines for phased compliance metrics and successfully meet compliance requirements.
The benefits of the program are noted in the participants’ comments:
“This training will help me to identify the appropriate countermeasures to mitigate the assessed risk at my facilities.”
“I feel better equipped when selecting and implementing countermeasures.”
“My department’s facilities are more secure.”
“I am now able to conduct assessments that are clear and concise based on isc guidelines.”
And comments by participants on how the program reinforced their commitment to public service:
“the risk management process training program helped me assess risks facing federal facilities and find ways to mitigate and share knowledge with my fellow employees.
“By showing you can save the public tax money by applying risk management principles.
The FedRMPTP Training Team consists of:
Reid Hilliard, Lead and Master Instructor, Assistant Director, Justice Protective Services, Department of Justice (DOJ)
Kevin McCombs, Tier 3 Instructor, Director Security Services, Facilities, Security, and Emergency Management, Office of Personnel Management (OPM)
John Rossiter, Tier 2 Instructor, Senior Security Specialist, Office of Security Services, Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)
FedRMPTP at a Glance
FedRMPTP certifies students on the Risk Management Process course of instruction and the Risk Management Process Tool.
Both of which are the first to be certified by the Interagency Security Committee (ISC).
Students develop the ability to prepare accurate federal facility risk assessments utilizing the Interagency Security Committee Risk Management Process.
How You Will Benefit
Using the Interagency Security Committee’s Risk Management Process: And Interagency Security Committee Standard policy documents, participants will be able to:
- Master how to determine a Facility Security Level
- Identify a Baseline Level of Protection
- Assess risks
- Determine the Necessary or Highest Level of Protection
- Implement customized Countermeasures
- Master how to determine threat, vulnerability and consequence utilizing the Design-Basis Threat Report
- Become proficient in customizing the Risk Management Process Tool
Who Should Attend
Anyone involved in the risk management decision-making process for the security of a facility and practitioners who participate in the development of security countermeasures, to include:
- Security Officials; Chairpersons; Facility Security Committees; Real Estate Acquisition Specialists; Federal Security Supervisors and Managers; and others involved with Federal facility acquisition, construction, and renovation projects.
FedRMPTP Takes Home the Gold in the 2018 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Program
Best Federal Government Security Training Program
Federal Risk Mgmt Process Training (FedRMPTP)
*DOJ SEC OPM is a 2017 ‘ASTORS’ Award Winner
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