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Thursday, September 18, 2003
Contact: Brendan LaCivita
Tel: 202-606-2402

OPM Director Kay Coles James Issues Memorandum to Heads of Federal Agencies and Departments on Designation of Emergency Personnel

Memorandum reiterates agency head discretion in emergency personnel identification Chief Human Capital Officers also notified

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Director Kay Coles James issued a memorandum to heads of federal agencies and departments today on the identification of emergency personnel in federal agencies.

In the memorandum, James reminds agency heads of President George Bush's directive that all federal agencies plan and be prepared for any emergency - including natural disasters such as Hurricane Isabel today.

The memorandum reminds agency heads of their inherent responsibility and authority to designate those personnel that are essential to carrying out agencies' missions and goals and to develop guidelines for designating who is identified as emergency personnel. "Such designations should be part of your emergency response/continuity of operations plans and should be communicated in advance to those so designated," wrote James. "Employees need to know in advance if they have been designated as emergency personnel so that they can be prepared to support and sustain agency operations in an emergency."

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