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NCHRP 20-124 [Anticipated]

Deploying Transportation Security Practices in State DOTs

  Project Data
Source: AASHTO Special Committee on Transportation Security and Emergency Management
Funds: $750,000
Staff Responsibility: Stephan A. Parker
Fiscal Year: 2019

This project has been tentatively selected and a project statement (request for proposals) is expected in June 2019. The project statement will be available on this site. The problem statement below will be the starting point for a panel of experts to develop the project statement.

In 2012, the AASHTO Special Committee on Transportation Security and Emergency Management (SCOTSEM) adopted NCHRP Report 525, Vol. 14: Security 101: A Physical Security Primer for Transportation Agencies. Since the publication of this report, there have been both significant changes and a substantial increase in knowledge about surface transportation security. In response to this changed landscape, NCHRP Project 20-59(51)A “Update of Security 101: A Physical Security Primer for Transportation Agencies” was initiated in September 2015 to update the NCHRP Report 525, Vol. 14 guidance and resource material. This new edition will include not only the latest state of the practice recommendations on physical security, cybersecurity, and infrastructure protection as defined in the Security 101 primer, but will also present the transportation security function in the broader contexts of system resilience and sustainability, systems management and operations (broadly defined). The updated Security 101 primer is scheduled to be published in 2018.

The objective of this research is to develop and implement a comprehensive deployment and change management strategy assisting states that wish to more effectively evaluate and implement the revised security guidelines recommended in the updated Security 101 primer and related material developed in NCHRP Project 20-59(51)A.

The following draft set of tasks illustrates the scope and scale of the proposed work:
Task 1. Meet with the project panel to discuss and finalize the working plan.

Task 2.
Review the updated Security 101 primer, the 20-59(51)A Implementation Plan, and the technical implementation memorandum.

Task 3.
Review the current physical and cybersecurity practices of transportation agencies in meeting their responsibilities and assess the gaps existing between commonly deployed practice and the recommendations contained in the revised Security 101 guidelines.

Task 4.
Develop a security guidelines deployment strategy and a revised work plan for Phase II. Based on the material contained in the updated Security 101 primer, the project’s Implementation Plan and the Technical Implementation Memorandum, develop security implementation, workforce development and change management plans incorporating both didactic and experiential tools, techniques and workplace learning approaches. The plan should include recommendations of appropriate learning and change management techniques spanning a 12-month deployment schedule.

Task 5.
Develop training and educational courses and supplementary materials. Based on the strategy, techniques, and approaches selected in Task 1, develop and test the lesson plans, training courses and other materials for use in the deployment strategy.

Task 6.
Coordinate stakeholder outreach and engagement; implement the deployment strategy. Based on the strategy approved by the NCHRP Panel, conduct, at a minimum, the following events:
  • At least one national workshop/training class of at least six hours.
  • At least four regional events—one per AASHTO/SCOTSEM Region of at least two hours.
  • At least two events to be held at an individual DOT.
  • At least one nationally publicized webinar.
  • At least two conference presentations, one at the TRB Annual Meeting and one at the TSSR Annual Meeting.
Contractors are encouraged to be creative in the selection of their proposed venues and events, identifying a diverse audience from field personnel to CEOs. Co-locating and joint scheduling with existing meetings, conferences, and other training events is encouraged.

Task 7.
Final deliverables should include the following: (1) the updated Security 101 implementation and change management strategy and all supporting lesson plans, scripts, training exercises, and all other didactic and experiential material developed in support of the strategy; (2) a final report summarizing the background research; (3) an updated interim meeting PowerPoint presentation suitable, upon revision, for posting on the project website; and (4) a stand-alone 1-page executive summary in a suitable format of text and graphics aimed at senior decision makers.
 
 

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