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National Capital Region - NIMS Officers

All jurisdictions are required by HSPD-5 to adopt NIMS.  The purpose of HSPD-5 is to ensure that the nation is prepared for large and small scale emergencies. This order requires compliance with NIMS to be eligible for federal funding for emergency grants. The NIMS Compliance Officer’s role is to ensure all levels of government have the capability, resources, and plans to work together efficiently and effectively during exercises, planned events and incidents.

Adequate preparedness means the NIMS Compliance Officer must ensure that all Emergency Operation Plans (EOP), standard operating procedures/guidelines (SOP/SOG), and any supplemental contingency plans, annexes, or appendices are NIMS compliant.The Compliance Officer may also provide training and observe drills and exercises to ensure that federal mandates concerning NIMS and ICS are being followed. Observation provides the Compliance Officer insight into the success of training efforts and provides an opportunity to identify gaps in training. The Compliance Officer may also be a part of planning efforts at various stages throughout the exercise planning cycle.

The Compliance Officer ensures appropriate communications and information management by providing senior leaders and management with decision making authority for communication equipment, supplies and interoperability with timely and accurate information to make informed and appropriate purchases and decisions. The Compliance Officer will also provide expertise during planning efforts to determine jurisdictional information needs; insight about appropriate and optimal information management systems; proper procedures and protocols for information release and alerts; and, current information management technologies to be used.

As resource typing standards are provided by the National Integration Center (NIC) the NIMS Compliance Officer documents available resources based on category, kind, components, measures, type and other additional information provided. This provides avenues for the appropriate use of resource management systems within a jurisdiction.  

The Command and Managementfunction consists of three components: Incident Command System (ICS), Multi-agency Coordination System (MACS), and Public Information. The Compliance Officer ensures that all aspects of emergency response to events and incidents involve and appropriately utilize the ICS, MACS and accurate and timely dissemination of critical information. The NIMS Compliance Officer focuses on 14 proven management characteristics of ICS to help strengthen all of these efforts.

The Compliance Officer’s most important role is to stay up-to-date with resources provided by the NIC. By doing so, the Compliance Officer is able to keep his or her jurisdiction compliant and trained based on current standards. The NIMS Compliance Officer updates the jurisdiction’s compliance information on an ongoing basis into NIMSCAST. Collection and analysis of NIMS training data compliance efforts is vital for accurate NIMSCAST reporting. This requires a comprehensive collaboration between the Compliance Officer and any records management systems, as well as close coordination with the many departments within the jurisdiction.

The NIMS Compliance Officer is tasked with the responsibility of ensuring compliance with the NIMS. The Compliance Officer must not only train, exercise, plan and provide subject matter expertise to the target population in NIMS and ICS principles but must also document the same. The NIMS Compliance Officers throughout the National Capital Region understand that the NIMS provides jurisdictions and agencies at the local, state and federal level guidance to respond to, plan, mitigate, and recover from, events and incidents of any size. It is ultimately their responsibility to keep their jurisdiction’s compliant and trained so that future responses in an all-hazard environment are as efficient and effective as possible.

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