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Federal Government Tests Continuity of Operations Plans

Exercise intended to enhance national readiness. The Department of Homeland Security and more than 40 other agencies are testing their continuity of operations (COOP) plans during Forward Challenge 04 (FC 04), a two day exercise May 12-13. The exercise is a full-scale, scenario-based event in which Federal departments and agencies are implementing COOP plans, deploying pre-designated personnel and leadership at alternate sites away from the National Capital Region and performing essential functions at those locations. In order to ensure Federal departments and agencies are prepared to continue essential operations during any type of threat or emergency, DHS maintains an active program of planning, testing, training and evaluation of the Federal Executive Branch COOP program. Forward Challenge 04 tests the federal government’s readiness to respond and ability to resume critical operations during an emergency situation. Full Story

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