Highway and Motor Carrier Division
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Transportation Security Operation Center (TSOC) – Freedom Center
Point of Contact: TSOC Surface Watch Officer
First Observer program (Call Center and Highway ISAC)
Website: Under Construction
Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI)
E-Mail Tip Line: https://tips.fbi.gov/
HMC Government Coordinating Council (GCC)
The objective of the Highway GCC is to coordinate highway and motor carrier security strategies and activities, to establish policies, guidelines and standards, and to develop program metrics and performance criteria for the mode. The Highway GCC fosters communication across government and between the government and private industry in support of the nation's homeland security mission. The Highway GCC acts as the counterpart to the private industry-led "Highway Sector Coordinating Council" (Highway SCC) for review and development of security programs necessary to protect the nation's highway and motor carrier mode.
The Highway GCC will address highway infrastructure, commercial vehicle operations, and supporting facilities as outlined in the National Strategy for Transportation Security (NSTS) and updates to the strategy. The Highway GCC will accomplish this objective through the following activities:
- Identifying areas and issues where public-private coordination and communication will enhance transportation security. The Highway GCC and Highway SCC shall bring together diverse Federal, State and local interests to identify and develop collaborative strategies that advance modal security.
- Identifying security needs and potential gaps in plans, programs, policies and procedures and strategies, and working to address them.
- Information sharing and exchange. The Highway GCC assists in the sharing of threat information, experiences, ideas, best practices, innovative approaches, and any other homeland security-related material.
- Recognizing successful programs and practices. The Highway GCC shall acknowledge and recognize programs and practices that enhance the level of security in the highway and motor carrier mode, while facilitating the transfer of best practices across the industry and to other transportation modes as appropriate.
- Addressing subjects the Highway GCC determines are in the interest of enhancing highway and motor carrier security
Permanent members of the Highway GCC shall be senior executives, or their designees, from:
- Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Infrastructure Protection (IP)
- Transportation Security Administration (TSA)
- TSA (NIPP R&D, Chief Technology Office (CTO)
- TSA - Office of Security Operations, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Liaison
- DHS Policy
- DHS Homeland Infrastructure Threat and Risk Analysis Center (HITRAC)
- DHS Intergovernmental Programs (IGP)
- Department of Transportation, Office of the Secretary
- Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
- Federal Highway Administration
- National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
- Pipeline Hazardous Materials Safety Administration
- Department of Defense
- Department of Energy - National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA)
- Nuclear Regulatory Commission
- Federal Bureau of Investigation
- Customs and Border Protection
- Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) - Planning
- FEMA Grants and Training
- Department of Education
- American Association of State Highway Transportation Officials
- Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance
- International Association of Chiefs' of Police
- National Sheriffs' Association
- National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation Services
The Highway GCC rserves the right to add permanent Federal department or agency members, as deemed necessary and appropriate. The Highway GCC also reserves the right to invite ad hoc members from other departments, agencies or offices from time to time to meet expertise requirements necessary to fulfill its mission.
Industry Partners: HMC Sector Coordinating Council (SCC)
HMC has an active Sector Coordinating Council (SCC).
Private sector owners and operators and representative associations of highway and motor carriers assets have formed a Highway Infrastructure and Motor Carrier Sector Coordinating Council (Highway SCC) to partner with senior government officials to collaborate and communicate on security initiatives designed to enhance the protection of the transportation sector’s critical infrastructure and key resources. The Highway SCC is an industry advisory body that, as appropriate, will coordinate the private industry perspective on highway and motor carrier security policy, practices, and standards that affect the transportation sector.
The Highway SCC will operate in a similar manner to the GCC described above. It includes members from the motorcoach, school bus, the trucking industry, and related associations. Many of the members are either an association representative or an employee for a private company in one of the highway transportation industries.
The objectives of the SCC are to:
- Facilitate intra-sector communications, set processes for information sharing, and facilitate priority setting on sector strategy and planning; policies and procedures; threat communication and analysis; as well as sector protection, response and recovery planning and activities
- Serve as an interface with DHS, and other federal and state agencies on homeland security matters
- Facilitate communications, plans, and activities with other relevant infrastructure sectors, government entities, and others necessary to further secure the nation’s highway and motor carrier critical infrastructure assets
- Communicate the sector’s needs and requests for resources to the Highway GCC.
The following are member organizations of the Highway SCC:
- American Bus Association
- American Chemistry Council
- American Petroleum Institute
- American Road and Transportation Builders Association
- American Trucking Associations
- Border Trade Alliance
- Con-Way, Inc.
- Detroit-Windsor Truck Ferry
- Institute of Makers of Explosives
- Intelligent Transportation Society of America
- Intermodal Association of North America
- International Bridge Tunnel and Turnpike Association
- Kenan Advantage Group
- Laidlaw Education Services
- Mid-States Express, Inc.
- National Association of Small Trucking
- National Association of Truck Stop Operators
- National Industrial Transportation League
- National School Transportation Association
- National Tank Truck Carriers, Inc.
- Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association
- Taxicab, Limousine and Paratransit Association
- The BusBank
- The National Academies, Transportation Research Board
- Tri-State Motor Transit Company
- Truck Manufacturers Association
- Truck Rental and Leasing Association
- United Motorcoach Association
Intermodal - Security Training and Exercise Program (I-STEP) Highway Security Exercises
HMC will be conducting Regional Security Exercises to discuss highway transportation security issues with security partners from the trucking, motorcoach, school transportation and infrastructure industries.
Click here to download a One-Page brief for the Highway Intermodal Security and Training Exercise Program (ISTEP).
Highway and Motor Carrier I-STEP Exercises completed for 2010
- Regional School Transportation Security Exercise, March 26 in Albany, NY
- Regional School Transportation Security Exercise, May 5-6 in Los Angeles, CA
- Regional Motorcoach Security Exercise, June 9 in Reston, VA
- Regional School Transportation Security Exercise, July 29 in St. Louis, MO
- Regional Highway Infrastructure Workshop, August 25 in Irvine, CA
- Regional Trucking Supply Chain Security Exercise – Food and Agriculture: October 5 in Chicago, IL
- Regional Trucking Supply Chain Security Exercise – Food and Agriculture: October 7 in Cherry Hill, NJ
- Regional Motorcoach Security Drill, State of New Jersey on November 8, 2010 at Liberty State Park, New Jersey
- Regional Trucking Supply Chain Security Exercise – Critical Manufacturing: November 9 & 10 in Akron, OH
- Regional Trucking Supply Chain Security Exercise – Critical Manufacturing: Moline, IL
- Regional Trucking Supply Chain Security Exercise – Critical Manufacturing: Phoenix, AZ
Highway Security Exercises completed for 2009:
- Regional Motorcoach Security Exercise, April 16-17 in Austin, TX
- Regional Hazmat Trucking Security Exercise, May 7 in Seattle, WA (will follow the PHMSA training seminar Tuesday-Wednesday the 5th and 6th)
- Multi-modal (School Transportation and Motorcoach) Security Exercise, June 25-26, Columbus, OH.
- Regional School Transportation Security Exercise, July 23, Greensboro, NC (will follow the NSTA Convention Sunday the 19th – Wednesday the 22nd)
- Regional Highway Infrastructure Security Exercise, August 27, Irvine, CA (will follow the AASHTO Workshop Monday the 23rd – Wednesday the 26th)
- Regional Highway Infrastructure Security Exercise, October 15, Rutgers University, Piscataway, NJ
- Multi-modal Regional Highway Security Exercise, December 3, 2009 in multiple locations.