Issues Archive

  • Governors Resource Center for Emergency Communications

    About the Resource Center The National Governors Association developed the Governors Resource Center for Emergency Communications to provide governors and other senior state officials a one-stop-shop for information they ...

  • Governors Homeland Security Advisors Council

    The NGA Center formed the Governors Homeland Security Advisors Council (GHSAC) to provide an organizational structure through which the homeland security advisors from each state, territory and the District of Columbia can ...

  • Consortium of State Public Safety Executives

    The Consortium of State Public Safety Executives is a network of cabinet-level secretaries and commissioners from across the country who are responsible for oversight of their state’s public safety enterprise, including ...

  • Governors Criminal Justice Policy Advisors Network

    The Governors Criminal Justice Policy Advisors (CJPAs) Network provides a forum for governors’ criminal and juvenile justice policy advisors to connect with their peers in other states, promote regional information sharing ...

  • Criminal Justice, Corrections, and Sentencing Reform

    NGA’s Work with Governors  Many states have enacted and implemented some type of criminal justice reform, and justice system improvements. Each year, through NGA’s annual Institute for State Criminal Justice and Public ...

  • Justice Information Sharing

    The power of information technology is multiplied when information is shared between different parts of the justice system. The challenges that accompany information sharing, or “IT integration” are complex. ...

  • Public Safety

    The NGA Center Public Safety Program serves the needs of governors and their policy advisors in a broad range of criminal, sentencing, corrections and justice-related policies. Governors are deeply concerned about public ...

  • Public Health Preparedness

    The unexpected outbreaks of Ebola in 2014 and the Zika virus in 2015-16, among others, highlighted the need for states to prepare for all hazards, not just natural disasters and terrorist attacks. The pervasive threat of ...

  • Energy Assurance

    The production facilities, transportation networks and distribution infrastructure that comprise the nation’s energy sector represent both a key economic asset and a significant national vulnerability. The U.S. economy ...

  • Preventing Targeted Violence

    In August 2017, the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Office for Terrorism Prevention Partnerships awarded NGA a two-year grant to enable governors assist public and private entities and communities prevent acts of ...

  • Emergency Preparedness

    Governors are responsible for coordinating state and local resources to effectively prepare for and respond to major emergencies including accidents, terrorist incidents and natural disasters. The NGA Center provides ...