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News Release

Tuesday, January 18, 2005
Contact: Brendan LaCivita
Tel: 202-606-2402

OPM Director Kay Coles James Announces 2005 Federal Agency Emergency Preparedness Survey

Third annual survey to gauge levels of protection for federal employees

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Director Kay Coles James today said OPM will issue its third annual federal agency emergency preparedness survey in February. OPM issues the survey to ascertain the preparedness levels of federal agencies in keeping employees safe and maintaining business operations in the event of a man-made emergency or natural disaster.

"Knowing how prepared federal agencies are in the event of an emergency is critical to an agency's mission," stated James. "In order to perform the work of the American people, agencies must plan for the continuity of business under the most challenging circumstances. The surveys provide a comparison of agency readiness so that managers can work toward improvements and achieve better results."

Early last year, OPM developed the Emergency Preparedness Matrix for agencies to report on their state of preparedness. This matrix attached to the memorandum instructs agencies to review and update their actions in each of the categories listed, such as conducting threat assessments and practicing shelter in place and fire drills regularly, and to provide OPM updates on their progress.

The survey usually is issued during the first quarter of the calendar year and results normally are released in the spring.

"A component of any agency's mission is to ensure the safety and security of its employees, as well as the integrity of its core business operations," said James. "The survey is one way we can measure the emergency preparedness of agencies, and it enables agencies to think of additional ways they can prepare their work forces, such as telework training for emergency situations."

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