The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency has given the Department of Homeland Security responsibility for a program that consists of more than 455 layers of data covering critical infrastructure for the US and its territories in support of homeland security and defense missions.
The Homeland Security Infrastructure Program, also known as Homeland Infrastructure Foundational Level Data, provides layers of data to support incident response, preparedness and preparedness efforts, and recovery decisions at the national, state and local levels, the NGA said Thursday.
“This transition is designed to ensure that program efficiencies are achieved by centralizing the acquisition, production and dissemination of HIFLD data; Eliminate potentially competing and separate NGA and DHS programming cycles and enable more successful coordination and collaboration with state and local HS/HD mission partners,” said Rexford Tugwell of the NGA’s geography office.
Since 2002, NGA has overseen HIFLD by acquiring, verifying, and delivering layers of data in support of national security and defense missions. The agency’s mission partners under the program include the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the US Army Corps of Engineers, the Department of Transportation, the National Interagency Fire Center, and the North American Aerospace Defense Command and US Northern Command.
With the transition, NGA will eliminate legacy HIFLD services in its domains and stop delivering HIFLD data services and content across its digital platforms.