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2. Government Accession No. 3. Recipient’s Catalog No.

4. Title and Subtitle

National Special Security Events: Transportation Planning for Planned Special Events

5. Report Date

May 2011

6.  Performing Organization Code

7. Author(s)

Nancy Houston, Craig Baldwin, Andrea Vann Easton, Jeff Sangillo

8. Performing Organization Report No.

9. Performing Organization Name and Address

Booz Allen Hamilton
8283 Greensboro Drive
McLean, Virginia 22102

10. Work Unit No. (TRAIS)


11. Contract or Grant No.


12. Sponsoring Agency Name and Address

Federal Highway Administration
U.S. Department of Transportation
1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
Washington, DC 20590

13. Type of Report and Period Covered

Final Report

14. Sponsoring Agency Code


15. Supplementary Notes

Laurel Radow, FHWA Office of Operations, Office of Transportation Operations, Technical Point of Contact (TPOC).  Document was prepared under contract to Booz Allen Hamilton.

16. Abstract

Unique among planned special event activities are those events that carry the National Special Security Event (NSSE) designation. NSSEs occur with some frequency, with 35 of these events held between September 1998 and February 2010.  These events include, but are not limited to, presidential inaugurations, presidential nominating conventions, major sports events such as the Super Bowl, and major international meetings such as the G-20 Summit. 

The US Secret Service (USSS) designates these planned special events due to the Secret Service’s responsibility for operational security for events of national significance.  In most cases, NSSEs affect the transportation system for the jurisdiction in which the NSSE occurs.  This document provides a transportation overview of NSSEs. As part of that transportation perspective, the document includes lessons learned from previous NSSEs, two transportation-focused case studies of two recent NSSEs, a checklist to assist transportation practitioners as they prepare for and execute an NSSE, a playbook that identifies key transportation activities for an NSSE, an NSSE fact sheet, a template as an aid to provide information about an NSSE to appropriate groups in both the planning and implementation phases of these events, and a resource directory. The primary audiences for this document are state departments of transportation (DOTs) and local transportation, public works, and law enforcement agencies responsible for planning and executing transportation for NSSEs.

17. Key Words

National Special Security Events, Planned Special Events, Transportation Planning

18. Distribution Statement

No restrictions.

19. Security Classif. (of this report)


20. Security Classif. (of this page)


21. No. of Pages


22. Price


May 2011
Publication #FHWA-HOP-11-012