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Emergency Plans Found Lacking

Federal agencies have not developed adequate plans to ensure the continuation of essential government services during emergencies such as terrorist attacks, bad weather or unexpected building closures, a new study has found. The report released yesterday by the General Accounting Office found that none of 23 major departments and agencies studied had fully complied with a six-year-old presidential directive to develop emergency plans in accordance with guidelines from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Agencies often omitted vital programs in compiling their lists of essential functions for their “continuity of operations” plans (COOP), according to the 26-page report. For instance, agencies did not list 20 of the 38 federal programs that were identified as “high impact” during efforts to shore up computer systems before the year 2000, the report’s authors found. Full Story

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