National Special Security Event
When an event is designated a National Special Security Event (NSSE), we assume our mandated role as the lead agency for the design and implementation of the operational security plan.
The Department of Homeland Security designated the 2021 Presidential Inauguration as a recurring National Special Security Event (NSSE). When an event is designated a NSSE, the U.S. Secret Service assumes its mandated role as the lead agency for the design and implementation of the operational security plan. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is responsible for incident management and its component, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), is responsible for response and recovery operations. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is the lead for incident investigation.
During the formation of the U. S. Service’s overall security plan, each participating agency is tasked based on their jurisdiction and particular area of expertise. This is done through the formation of subcommittees whose collective responsibility is to plan for every possible security matter. Examples of these subcommittees are: Airspace Security, Credentialing, Crisis Management, Consequence Management, Interagency Communication, Fire/Life Safety – HAZMAT, and Crowd Management. Each subcommittee is chaired or co-chaired by a Secret Service agent and staffed by the appropriate federal, military, or city law enforcement/public safety agency.
The U.S. Secret Service carries out its responsibilities by relying on a core strategy of forming partnerships with all participating law enforcement, security, and public safety officials. Numerous partners involved in the planning and implementation of the overall security plan contributed to a successful and safe 2021 Presidential Inauguration.
Securing each Presidential #Inauguration takes the commitment of a well-trained and fully equipped workforce, and of course, the cooperation of our partners at every level. Learn more about our role in ensuring a safe, peaceful transition of power. #Inauguration2021 pic.twitter.com/8nuu6Hksol— U.S. Secret Service (@SecretService) January 19, 2021
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We protect key locations where the nation's highest elected leaders live and work, as well as the foreign diplomatic missions located around Washington, D.C.
We secure events of national security importance, such as the State of the Union address each year, or the presidential inauguration for each new presidential term.