"The Office for Domestic Preparedness (ODP) has developed the 'ODP Program Management Handbook' (Handbook) to provide practical assistance for strengthening State, local, and tribal homeland security programs. The Handbook is being disseminated as homeland security administrators face increasing responsibilities from national preparedness initiatives such as the National Incident Management System (NIMS), the National Response Plan (NRP), and the National Preparedness Goal. The program management fundamentals outlined in this Handbook will support the management of core elements that are common throughout the initiatives -- planning, equipment, training, and exercises. During the Handbook design process, ODP solicited input from state and local stakeholders who recommended that representatives from each State Administrative Agency (SAA) and designated Urban Area deliver the Handbooks to statewide recipients in person, when possible, and provide training on how to use the Handbooks. They advised that in-person delivery would help to ensure that the guidelines in the Handbooks are widely used to organize and manage homeland security programs. Therefore, ODP is relying on program administrators within the SAA and designated Urban Areas to deliver the Handbook to the following stakeholders: 1) Homeland security program administrators at State and local levels who oversee holistic homeland security programs (e.g., program administrators within the SAA and designated Urban Areas); 2) Managers or points of contact throughout the State who are directly responsible for implementing elements and activities associated with planning, equipment, training, and exercises; and 3) State policy makers who have a vested interest in ensuring that their respective State's homeland security programs are managed effectively."
Department of Homeland Security: http://www.dhs.gov/