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Washington, DC - The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) conducted a seventh emergency preparedness forum outlining steps agencies can take to prepare for an emergency, be it natural or man-made. The forum was attended by 86 government officials and focused on needs identified in OPM's 2004 Workplace Security Survey. The survey was issued governmentwide and assessed agencies' preparedness in a variety of key areas.
"I am encouraged by agencies' overwhelming receptivity to our on-going efforts to educate managers and emergency personnel on concrete steps they can take immediately to prepare for a potential disaster," stated OPM Director Kay Coles James. "It is critical that agencies continue to focus on emergency preparedness and ensure they are able to not only maintain the functions of government, should an event occur, but keep safety the primary focus and ensure the safety of their employees. The safety of America's civil servants is a priority of the President's, and it is a priority of mine."
In total, 595 emergency professionals from 130 federal agencies, sub-agencies, and state and local experts trained on emergency preparedness 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 GSA.
Additionally, panels of experts discussed teleworking, a critical component in preparing, planning and executing emergency preparedness plans, and agencies were encouraged to incorporate telework into their continuity of operations planning. Agency representatives were urged to consider the 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
Air national Guard
animal & Plant health inspection service
Architect of the Capitol
Armed Forces Retirement Home
Broadcasting Board of Governors
Bureaus of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives
Bureau of Customs and Border Protection
Bureau of Customs and Immigration Enforcement
Bureau of Industry and Security
Bureau of the Census
Bureau of the Land Management
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
Election Assistance Commission
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
National Transportation Safety Board
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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