For this assignment, we will address the foundational course objective that focuses upon the role of and challenges facing the private sector in securing the homeland.

HLSS305 Progress assignment screencast: challenges facing the private sector in securing the homeland


This assignment consists of a single activity requiring you to produce a five (5) page report (not including title page, cover letter, and reference list), to test knowledge and assimilation of the course objectives. Pages are to be double-spaced utilizing Times New Roman 12 point font, and have one inch margins. Students will follow the APA citation and reference style used for this assignment. Additional information concerning this writing style can be found within and attached to your Week 1 announcement.

Instructions


For this assignment, we will address the foundational course objective that focuses upon the role of and challenges facing the private sector in securing the homeland. Specifically, you will represent a private sector business/organization (fictitious, i.e. Taylor Technologies) within a critical infrastructure sector (not the sector itself). You are to respond to a DHS Request for Information. In your reply, you will be expected to address the requested items by incorporating all of the topics we have covered thus far in class (i.e. critical infrastructure, continuity of operations planning, partnerships, information sharing, challenges, etc.). In order to enhance your skills in responding to such a request, respond in an appropriate manner. In other words, formulate your response in the form of a formal letter and attach a cover letter (sample attached) to your submission.

You are expected to utilize the material that has been provided to you thus far, as well as other applicable material discovered during research. In addition to your assigned readings, you have again been provided with the individual Sector Specific Plans (below). These can be utilized to incorporate pertinent information concerning your chosen sector. A minimum of five (5) academically acceptable sources are to be utilized. However, understand that such information is to supplement your work, not replace or serve as the major part of it.

Sector Specific Plans
Chemical, Commercial Facilities, Communications, Critical Manufacturing, Dams, Energy, Financials Services, Food and Agriculture, Healthcare and Public Health, Information Technology, Transportation Systems, Water Systems.

Use the following file name example when uploading your Word document as an attachment: YourlastnameProgress.docx  

Notes
I again wanted to take the opportunity to share with you what is expected in relation to your Progress written assignment. In this assignment we will bring together a number of the components we have discussed thus far related to various roles and responsibilities of the private sector. Specifically, you will produce a report that is in response to a request for information from Mr. Randy Ready from the Department of Homeland Security.  This letter of request can be accessed through the provided link.  In providing this information, you will serve as a representative of a private sector business/organization within a critical infrastructure sector, not the sector itself as you did for your Midterm.  However, you can stay within that same sector as you did in the prior assignment, or choose to select a different one.  In your reply, you will be expected to address the requested items by incorporating all of the topics we have covered thus far in class, such as critical infrastructure, continuity of operations planning, partnerships, information sharing, as well as other pertinent information.
Considering this is a response to a federal agency, I expect your report to be formatted and presented in an appropriate manner.  Therefore, you would first be expected to provide a cover letter that would include information such as your company name, your name and position within your company, appropriate contact information, as well as a brief summary of what your report will include. Concerning the organization you represent, you can base it upon an existing company, or you can come up with one of your own, such as “Taylor Transportation.”  You can even develop your own letterhead and logo if you wish, as you can customize this portion of the assignment as you see fit. 
Obviously, the report itself would need to be formatted in an appropriate manner, with an introduction and conclusion that balances out the main body of your report.  The body itself is where you would provide the specific information requested of you.  Lastly, as is required of any assignment, you are expected to support your comments with information from applicable material, cited and listed appropriately.
As always, please contact me at any time should you have any questions or need assistance.  

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