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News Release

Thursday, August 19, 2004
Contact: Cathy McDermott
Tel: 202-606-2402

OPM and New York Federal Executive Board Provide Emergency Preparedness Training to Local Federal Agencies in Preparation for Republican National Convention

Trains approximately 100 emergency and human resource professionals from 34 agencies; total of 605 from 142 agencies and sub-agencies trained by OPM forums over the past six months

Washington, DC - In anticipation of the upcoming Republican National Convention in New York City, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) joined with the Federal Executive Board (FEB) in New York City to provide an emergency preparedness forum to further strengthen federal agencies' readiness in case of an emergency. A training forum of this nature was also provided by OPM in conjunction with the Boston FEB in preparation for the Democratic National Convention last month.

"OPM will continue to focus heavily on the issue of emergency preparedness and on ensuring the federal work force is trained and ready in the event of an emergency, be it natural or man-made," said OPM Director Kay Coles James. "The security of the federal work force is our highest priority, and we are fully committed to educating agencies both directly and through our outstanding FEB partners, as they move forward in addressing any weaknesses that may exist in their emergency planning efforts."

The OPM training forum focused on the need to conduct shelter-in-place and evacuation drills, as well as the importance of offering telework as a component of agencies' continuity of operations plans. It also highlighted additional human resource flexibilities available for use in emergency situations. Approximately 100 attendees from 34 agencies were trained, and a combined total of 605 emergency professionals from 142 agencies and sub-agencies governmentwide have been trained at OPM emergency preparedness forums.

"These training forums are a critical part of the federal government's planning efforts," said James. "Federal agencies stood ready to respond to any potential event in Boston, and we have fully been committed to training local agencies in New York to do the same, should events necessitate action."

Under James' direction, OPM has made emergency preparedness of federal agency professionals a priority. Since October 2003, OPM has conducted seven forums in Washington D.C., New York City and Boston to address agencies' authorities upon closure of the federal government. The sessions also focused on the authority of agency heads to designate emergency personnel.

The following agencies have been trained:

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

Maritime Administration

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

Peace Corps

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

Smithsonian Institution

Social Security Administration

Transportation Security Administration

U.S. Agency for Inter National Development

U.S. Air Force

U.S. Army

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

U.S. Courts

U.S. Inter National Trade Commission

U.S. Navy

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

U.S. Senate

U.S Coast Guard

U.S. Postal Service

Veterans Benefits Administration

Washington Headquarters Service

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