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DHS Launches Exemplar Public-Private Partnership Program

13 July 2016

​​​​Private Sector Training Hosts Needed 

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has launched its Exemplar public-private partnership program, in which a small group of DHS employees will be detailed to for-profit private sector entities for training purposes.​ The goal is strengthen information sharing and collaboration between the public and private sector. 

The program is open to GS-11 to GS-15 employees who work within the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields at the National Protection and Programs Directorate and the Science and Technology Directorate​.

The six areas in which selected employees will work are cybersecurity, engineering, multihazard mitigation and infrastructure investment, physical and cybersecurity integration, research and development, and scientific research.​ 

​“I think it creates a new opportunity from which we will learn, but also through this pilot strengthen our people, give them new opportunities and … also provide support to the private sector, connecting the right people for the right opportunity,” said DHS Undersecretary for Management Russell Deyo, during the pilot’s kickoff. “We all mutually benefit.”

Private sector entities interested in serving as a training host must:
  • Be a U.S. based corporation.
  • Submit requested information on training announcement.
  • Undergo and successfully complete a background investigation for suitability to participate in Exemplar

DHS employees will be detailed to the private sector entity for a period of not more than six months and complete an orientation before their detail begins.

Exemplar Webinar | Industry Outreach Series - July 14​

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security Private Sector Office, S&T, and NPPD will host a special informational webinar for industry on DHS’s Exemplar Pilot Program Thursday, July 14, 2016, from 1:30-2:30 pm EDT.

During this webinar, Exemplar Program Manager Karinda Washington will inform industry partners on the Department’s current training needs and how they can participate as a training host. 

To learn more about the program, please visit the Exemplar webpage.