Working Group Initiatives

From time to time, the Working Group may conduct various regional initiatives and pilot projects as part of their ongoing integrated planning efforts with state and local governments.
These initiatives support the overall mission of the Working Group
Initiatives and pilot projects are conducted in order to test a specific process, technology, or solution to a specific operational problem facing the private sector.
Current initiatives are focused on information sharing between multiple sectors and sometimes with states.

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Some short videos have been provided below:
1) Virginia PIV-I Managed Identity Information Sharing Pilot
2) Regional Fleet Movement Coordination Initiative Pilot

1) Virginia PIV-I Managed Identity Information Sharing Pilot Overview
Some of the members of the Working Group are involved in a unique secured information sharing pilot project in Virginia aimed at secure data sharing from the public sector to private sector utilities in order to increase private sector’s situational awareness, decision making and response times.

Using a PIV-I standard for identify management, the state will issue PIV-I cards to specific individuals in the utility sector that will allow these individuals LOGICAL access remotely to state Emergency Operations Center data systems and PHYSICAL access to the Emergency Operations Center facility.

The objective of this pilot to test how this PIV-I card works in an information sharing environment; to evaluate improved situational awareness; and to observe how this impacts overall utility restoration efforts and coordination with the state/local governments.

Additionally, TSCP (Transglobal Secure Collaboration Program, www.tscp.org) has partnered with the Working Group on a second PIV-I based information sharing initiative to support private sector sharing information with government. For this pilot,

  • TSCP will provide a PIV-I based “data cloud” environment and issue PIV-I cards to public and private sector representatives from the AHC and the Fleet Response Working Group
  • Private sector fleet movement data will be stored on the PIV-I cloud along with other potential sensitive information
  • Both public and private sector participants will use their PIV-I card to validate their identity before gaining access to the PIV-I cloud to view the data

This will test the ability to share sensitive data from the private sector with government and other sectors in a secure way.

Since PIV-I standard is now included with Microsoft Office 2010 products, some participants will be testing digital signatures, encrypting emails, and files that can be sent over any POP3 email service.

To learn more about the PIV-I Identity Management standard, visit the following websites:

http://www.federalcto.com/2011/10/us-government-smartcards-cac-piv-and-piv-i/

http://www.ahcusa.org/PIV-I%20TTWG.htm

http://www.smartcardalliance.org/pages/publications-piv-i-for-non-federal-issuers

2) Regional Fleet Movement Coordination Conference Call Pilot Overview

Background
To expedite power restoration across the mid-Atlantic and Northeast regions, expedited utility fleet movement across state lines is essential.

Specifically, when the electric sector companies prepare for potential threats, depending on predicted event severity, many resource acquisition and implementation processes may start. This process can be initiated by sector mutual aid conference calls where resources availability information and allocation occurs. The resources can include equipment, commercial vehicles, industry personnel (lines, damage assessors, logistics, etc.), contractors, and vendors.

When state awareness and assistance in the expediting process is rendered and received, it has been recognized that the movement of these resources can dramatically affect a response and have a direct effect on returning to normal state.

A one hour delay during fleet movement can impact restoration efforts by 24 hours.

Having all states (e.g. both impacted and pass through states) engaged and coordinated across a wide geographic region of multiple jurisdictions is critical to fleet movement and the power restoration process.

Purpose
The purpose of this Regional Fleet Movement Coordination Conference Call Pilot Project  is to provide a briefing from private sector to state government operational leadership of the movement of resource movement into the region from around the country in response to a specific disaster (emergency event). This will be a multi-state call and is designed to have both the impacted states as well as the pass through states in attendance.

The Regional Fleet Movement Conference Call will supply the big picture of the private sector’s resource movement in response to an emergency event and a means for the private sector to work with both “pass through” and “impacted” states/jurisdictions simultaneously to effectively communicate back to the private sector the jurisdictions expectations around fleet movement issues and challenges.

Resources
Fleet Movement Coordination Conference Call Video Training Series:

http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLEXjtR48sZXHXU9a2uKuDYH9LkJzniuFU