Purpose and Scope
To facilitate a unified, coordinated, and efficient approach to exercises, the Secretary of Homeland Security issued a memorandum on August 16, 2010, directing the National Exercise Division (NED) of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to serve as the lead for the oversight and coordination of exercise and evaluation events Department-wide. These Department-wide events are collectively referred to as the DHS Exercise and Evaluation Program (EEP).
NED implements its responsibilities, as the executive agent for the program, through the DHS EEP Exercise Coordination Group (ECG) comprised of representatives from the DHS components. DHS EEP activities are conducted in alignment with the guidance provided in the Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) and includes scheduling, prioritizing, planning, coordinating, conducting, and evaluating DHS-wide all-hazard, notice and limited-notice, and classified and unclassified exercises.
To ensure readiness, increase effectiveness, and manage resources to meet these missions, the Department's components participate in a large number and wide variety of exercises and evaluation events each year. While these exercises vary in scope, complexity, and participation requirements, they provide a realistic but risk-free environment to explore and enhcance capabilities, validate policies and plans, test operating procedures and systems, and enhance existing partnerships essential to mission success.
The Department approaches exercise and evaluation events with a continued emphasis on increased integration, managerial efficiency, and responsiveness to dynamic threat and operating environments. The implementation of exercise activities across the Department institutionalizes processes for examining, measuring, and improving upon capabilities with in the Department in support of planning, programming, budgeting, and execution timelines.