NIMS Alert 10-21: FEMA Releases NIMS National Qualification System Implementation Objectives Fact Sheet for Public Engagement

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FEMA Releases NIMS National Qualification System Implementation Objectives Fact Sheet for Public Engagement

FEMA is seeking public feedback for the National Qualification System Implementation Objectives Fact Sheet. This national engagement period will open on April 13 and conclude at 5 p.m. ET on May 13. National engagement provides an opportunity to comment on the draft implementation objectives to ensure they are relevant for all implementing partners

The objectives reflect the concepts and principles to promote consistency in the National Qualification System implementation nationwide. They clarify the National Qualification System requirements in the 2021 Emergency Management Performance Grant funding notice. Performance grants recipients are strongly encouraged to implement National Qualification System components with their grant funding. Beginning in October 2021, FEMA intends to leverage the Emergency Management Performance Grant program to make the implementation of the National Qualification System a requirement of eligibility for program funding. Jurisdictions will need to achieve or work toward achieving each of the objectives.

The objectives aim to develop organizational qualification procedures, certification program and credentialing standards in alignment with the National Incident Management System Guideline for the National Qualification System. These indicators serve as actionable activities that jurisdictions can use to demonstrate National Qualification System implementation. The indicators are a tool to assist jurisdictions and organizations in meeting the new implementation objectives.

To provide comments on the drafts, complete the feedback form below and submit the form to FEMA-NIMS@fema.dhs.gov.

FEMA will host two, 30-minute webinars to discuss the draft NQS Implementation Objectives and answer related questions. All webinars are open to the whole community. Advance registration is required and on a first-come, first-served basis:

If you require accommodations to participate in these events, please provide details in the Disability Related Accommodations field on the registration page or contact us at: FEMA-NIMS@fema.dhs.gov.

FEMA will host two, 30-minute webinars to discuss the draft implementation objectives and answer related questions. All webinars are open to the whole community.  Advance registration is required and on a first-come, first-served basis:

  • Webinar 1: 1 p.m. ET on April 20.
  • Webinar 2: 3 p.m. ET on April 22.

To review the draft National Qualifications System Implementation Objectives and for additional webinar information, visit FEMA.gov.