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On April 8, 2011, the Homeland Security Policy Institute hosted a discussion on Presidential Policy Directive – 8: National Preparedness, featuring Brian Kamoie, Senior Director for Preparedness Policy on the White House National Security Staff. President Barack Obama signed the new Presidential Policy Directive on National Preparedness the week prior. The new policy outlines the President’s vision for strengthening the security and resilience of the United States through systematic preparation for threats to the security of the Nation, including acts of terrorism, pandemics, significant accidents, and catastrophic natural disasters. The Directive follows a comprehensive review of national preparedness policy and replaces Homeland Security Presidential Directive 8 (HSPD-8) (2003) and HSPD-8 Annex I (2007).
Senior Director for Preparedness Policy
White House National Security Staff
Homeland Security Policy Institute
Mr. Kamoie is Senior Director for Preparedness Policy on the White House National Security Staff. In this role he leads the development of national policy related to all-hazards preparedness, individual and community resilience, domestic critical infrastructure protection and resilience, and preparedness grants.
Before joining the White House National Security Staff, Mr. Kamoie served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response and Director of the Office of Policy, Strategic Planning & Communications at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). In this role, he led efforts in policy development, strategic planning, and communications related to preparedness for and response to bioterrorism and other public health emergencies.
While at HHS, he led in the development and implementation of key national policies, including the National Response Plan and National Incident Management System, the National Strategy for Pandemic Influenza, the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act, the Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness Act, and a number of Homeland Security Presidential Directives, including Biodefense for the 21st Century (#10), Medical Countermeasures against Weapons of Mass Destruction (#18), and Public Health and Medical Preparedness (#21). Mr. Kamoie also played key leadership roles in the department’s response to major incidents (eg, hurricanes, floods, and the 2009 H1N1 influenza pandemic) and national exercises (Top Officials [TOPOFF] 3 and 4).
Prior to his work at HHS, Mr. Kamoie was Associate Professor of Health Policy and Health Services Management and Leadership at the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services, where he taught classes in public health law, health services law, and homeland security and public health policy. He has published many scholarly articles on these topics. He is a 2009 senior fellow of the George Washington University’s Homeland Security Policy Institute, and he continues to serve on the adjunct faculty as Professorial Lecturer in the School of Public Health and Health Services.
Mr. Kamoie received his bachelor’s degree in policy studies and political science from Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, and his law degree and master’s degree in public health from the George Washington University in Washington, DC, where he served as managing editor of The George Washington Law Review.
Ambinder, Marc. (2011) "Obama Signs Policy Directive on Preparedness." Washington, DC; National Journal.