The mission of the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) National Special Security Event (NSSE) Grant Program is to provide supplemental federal assistance to State, Tribal and local governments for certain actual costs of providing emergency management, public safety, and security during
the preparation and conduct of an NSSE.
The Secretary of the U. S. Department of Homeland Security designates events of national significance as National Special Security Events (NSSE) based on factors including, but not limited to:
anticipated attendance by U. S. officials and foreign dignitaries; the size of the event; and, the significance of the event.
By statute, the United States Secret Service (USSS) is designated as the lead federal agency for planning, coordinating, and implementing security operations at NSSE.
The FY 2011 NSSE Grant was developed by FEMA in coordination with USSS.