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Washington, DC - The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) conducted a sixth forum on steps agencies can take now to prepare for potential natural or man-made emergencies. The event focused on the preparedness needs identified in the OPM Workplace Security Survey, issued governmentwide to assess agencies' level of preparedness in case of natural or man-made disaster. Participants were also encouraged to make telework a critical part of their agencies' ability to continue operations during an emergency.
Director Kay Coles James stated, "These forums have been instrumental in guiding federal agency emergency and security teams in planning and preparing their emergency personnel for natural or man-made disasters. Agency leaders and managers have the great responsibility to facilitate the protection of their employees while ensuring the continuance of government work."
In total, 509 emergency professionals from 122 agencies and sub-agencies have attended the OPM seminars. Additional seminars have taken place in Boston and New York. A list of agencies and sub-agencies who have attended these sessions is attached.
The forum agenda included a detailed discussion on the results of the OPM Workplace Security Survey and showcased the emergency preparedness plan of the General Services Administration (GSA).
Additionally, panels of experts discussed teleworking, a critical component in preparing, planning and executing emergency preparedness plans. Participating agencies at the forum were made aware of the need to make telework a part of their continuity of operations planning. Federal agencies were urged to consider a full range of possibilities about how and where their work is accomplished through the use of alternative worksites such as telecenters and employees' homes.
The Federal Government may, in extreme conditions, close all or some of its agencies as a result of certain events (i.e. weather, protests, terrorism) that prevent employees from physically reaching their official duty stations. Critical training is provided so the safety of the Federal workforce is not compromised and the functionality of the Government remains intact. The key to securing the Government's ability to carry out basic agency functions during these events is advance planning and preparation, including the designation of emergency personnel.
List of Participating Agencies and Sub Agencies SINCE November 2003
Administration for Children and Families
Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts
Agricultural Research Service
Bureaus of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives
Architect of the Capitol
Armed Forces Retirement Home
Broadcasting Board of Governors
Bureau of Customs and Border Protection
Bureau of Customs and Immigration Enforcement
Bureau of Industry and Security
Bureau of the Census
Bureau of Transportation Statistics
Centers for Disease Control
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
Central Intelligence Agency
Civilian Personnel Management Service
Commodity Futures Trading Commission
Consumer Product Safety Commission
Court Services and offender Supervision Agency
Defense Contract Audit Agency
Defense Contract Management Agency
Defense Information Systems Agency
Defense Intelligence Agency
Defense Logistics Agency
Defense Threat Reduction Agency
Department of Agriculture
Department of Commerce
Department of Defense
Department of Education
Department of Energy
Department of Health and Human Services
Department of Homeland Security
Department of Housing and Urban Development
Department of Justice
Department of Labor
Department of State
Department of the Interior
Department of the Treasury
Department of Transportation
Department of Veterans Affairs
Employment Opportunity Commission
Environmental Protection Agency
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
Executive Office of the President
Export-Import Bank of the United States
Farm Credit Administration
Federal Aviation Administration
Federal Communications Commission
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
Federal Emergency Management Agency
Federal Executive Board
Federal Highway Administration
Federal Labor Relations Authority
Federal Maritime Commission
Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service
Federal Trade Commission
Food and Drug Administration
General Accounting Office
General Services Administration
Government Printing Office
Health Resources and Services Administration
Institute of Museum and Library Services
Internal Revenue Service
International Broadcasting Bureau
International Trade Commission
Library of Congress
Merit Systems Protection Board
Military Entrance Processing Command
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
National Archives and Records Administration
National Business Center
National Credit Union Administration
National Endowment for the Humanities
National Gallery of Art
National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
National Institutes of Health
National Labor Relations Board
National Mediation Board
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
National Park Service
National Science Foundation
National Security Agency
National Trade Administration
Natural Resources Conservation Service
Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
Office for Civil Rights
Office of Assistant Secretary of Administration and Management
Office of Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs
Office of Government Ethics
Office of Inspector General for Tax Administration
Office of Justice Programs
Office of National Security Coordination
Office of Personnel Management
Office of Special Council
Office of the Secretary of Transportation
Overseas Private Investment Corporation
Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation
Program Support Center
Protective Operation Division for Security
Railroad Retirement Board
Research and Special Programs Administration
Securities and Exchange Commission
Selective Service System
Small Business Administration
Social Security Administration
Transportation Security Administration
U.S. Agency for Inter National Development
U.S. Air Force
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
U.S. Inter National Trade Commission
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
U.S Coast Guard
U.S. Postal Service
Veterans Benefits Administration
Washington Headquarters Service
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