WASHINGTON D.C. – Heartland Consulting announced today that it has been awarded a contract by United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to provide exercise and training support to the Continuity and Planning Division (CPD) within USDA’s Office of Homeland Security. CPD serves as the Department’s focal point for Continuity of Operations (COOP) Planning, Training and Exercises (T & E) to ensure USDA can perform mission critical essential functions during a wide-range of emergency situations. These programs represent crucial emergency planning activities that must be performed at a relatively high operational tempo to maintain acceptable levels of continuity readiness and customer service across the Department’s 32 offices and agencies.

Heartland will provide a variety of operational and planning support to CPD in support of this mission: administrative security services; training and communication subject matter expertise; support of COOP Program Operations, and T & E after-action report and improvement planning.

Heartland’s Chief Executive Officer, John English, stated, “We are very pleased to be supporting USDA CPD’s COOP readiness needs. Heartland has become a go-to partner for federal departments and agencies that need continuity and national exercise support. We look forward to continuing to ensure that America’s departments and agencies remain resilient throughout any natural and man-made disasters.”