What is the federal government doing in partnership with the private sector and the states?

The Dams SSA develops education, training, and outreach materials focused on security awareness, protective measures, and crisis management for owners/operators.

Homeland Security Presidential Directive 7 (HSPD-7) Critical Infrastructure Identification, Prioritization, and Protection, assigned Sector-Specific Agencies (SSAs) for each of the nation’s critical infrastructure and key resource sectors, as the lead agencies responsible for collaborating with other Federal, State, local, tribal, territorial, and private sector partners. SSAs implement and encourage the development of information sharing and analysis mechanisms, including the sharing of information regarding physical and cyber threats, vulnerabilities, incidents, potential protective measures, and accepted industry practices. The Office of Infrastructure Protection within DHS serves as the SSA for the Dams Sector.

The Dams SSA works closely with its many private and public sector partners on efforts and initiatives focused on reducing risks to critical assets within the sector. The Dams SSA develops education, training, and outreach materials focused on security awareness, protective measures, and crisis management for owners/operators. The Dams Sector operates under the Critical Infrastructure Partnership Advisory Council (CIPAC) framework, which provides a forum for government and private sector partners to engage a broad spectrum of activities to support and coordinate critical infrastructure protection. The CIPAC consists of Sector Coordinating Councils and Government Coordinating Councils.

Dams Sector Coordinating Council (DSCC) is self-organized, self-run, and self-governed industry organizations that represent a spectrum of key stakeholders within the Dams Sector. The DSCC serves as the private sector interface with the Federal Government on issues related to the security of dams, locks, and levees.

Dams Sector Government Coordinating Council (DGCC) acts as the government counterpart and partner to the DSCC to plan, implement, and execute sector-wide security programs for the sector’s assets. The DGCC is comprised of representatives from across various levels of government (Federal, State, local, and tribal), including Federal owners and operators, and State and Federal regulators of sector assets.

Levee Sub-Sector Coordinating Council (LSCC) leads efforts pertaining to the security and protection of levees and flood damage reduction systems.

Levee Sub-Sector Government Coordinating Council (LGCC) serves as the counterpart and partner to the LSCC to develop, implement, coordinate, and execute protective programs and resilience-enhancing strategies relevant to levees and flood-risk reduction infrastructure systems across and between government agencies

These councils provide a structure through which representatives from the government and private sector can effectively collaborate and share approaches focused on the improvement of infrastructure protection.

Sector partnerships within the Dams Sector also include coordination with other important sector entities, such as the National Dam Safety Review Board and the Interagency Committee on Dam Safety.

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