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America the Beautiful – Keeping it Safe

Prepared for: Robert Kenmore

Prepared by: The B Team

PROJ_587: Advanced Program Management

22 August 2012

Table of Contents
Introduction2
Strategic Plan2
Strategic Capacity Plan3
Portfolio Management Process4
Project Selection Criteria9
Program Management Plan11
Plan to Identify and Resolve Problems13
Change Management Plan15
Resource Utilization Plan18
Summary20
References21
Appendices22

Introduction
“Today, our fellow citizens, our way of life, our very freedom came under attack in a series of deliberate and deadly terrorist attacks…This is a day when all Americans from every walk of life unite in our resolve for justice and peace. America has stood down enemies before, and we will do so this time. None of us will ever forget this day. Yet, we go forward to defend freedom and all that is good and just in our world.” President George W. Bush spoke these and other words to the United States of America and the world immediately after the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. Roughly one year after this appalling attack the Homeland Security Act of 2002 established the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), bringing together 22 separate federal agencies, primarily to prevent terrorist attacks within the United States (About, 2012).

Over the almost 10 years since the inception of the DHS, the Department has grown considerably, employing over 240,000 citizens, creating and implementing projects across a wide-range of duties to keep America safe (About, 2012). Efficiency is a key to making any organization successful. In this day and age of drastically reduced government spending, it is imperative that the DHS develop a solid Portfolio Management Plan to ensure its primary goals are fulfilled to ensure their vision and missions are indeed met. Strategic Plan

From the Department of Homeland Security’s Strategic Plan for Fiscal Years 2012-2016, the vision of the DHS is to have “A homeland that is safe, secure, and resilient against terrorism and other hazards.” The overall mission of the DHS is to lead efforts to achieve a safe, secure, and resilient homeland through the following sub-missions: (1) prevent terrorism and enhance security, (2) secure and manage our borders, (3) enforce and administer our immigration laws, (4) safeguard and secure cyberspace, and (5) ensure resilience to disasters (Department of Homeland Security, 2011). Each of these sub-missions or goals includes a list of principal methods for attaining these goals for the DHS.

Terrorism shall be prevented and security enhanced by preventing terrorist attack, preventing unauthorized acquisition or use of chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear materials and capabilities, and managing risks to critical infrastructures, key leaders, and events (Department of Homeland Security, 2011). Securing and managing United States borders includes air, land, and sea borders as well as safeguarding lawful trade and travel as well as disrupting and dismantling transnational criminal organizations (Department of Homeland Security, 2011). Enforcement and administration of immigration laws is supported by strengthening and effectively administering the immigration system and preventing unlawful immigration (Department of Homeland Security, 2011). Cyberspace is to be safeguarded and secured by creating a safe, secure, and resilient cyber environment and promoting cyber security knowledge and innovation (Department of Homeland Security, 2011). Finally, resiliency to disasters will be ensured by mitigating hazards, enhancing national preparedness through a whole community approach to emergency management, providing effective emergency response, and rapidly recovering from catastrophic events (Department of Homeland Security, 2011). All of these sub-missions, in conjunction with providing essential support to national and economic security while maturing and strengthening...
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