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Voluntary Private Sector Preparedness Accreditation and Certification Program “PS-Prep”. June 30, 2009 2009 Quarterly FBIIC/FSSCC Meeting. Office of Infrastructure Protection. Implementing Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Act of 2007 (Public Law 110-53). ( August 3, 2007).

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voluntary private sector preparedness accreditation and certification program ps prep

Voluntary Private Sector Preparedness Accreditation and Certification Program“PS-Prep”

June 30, 2009

2009 Quarterly FBIIC/FSSCC Meeting

Office of Infrastructure Protection

implementing recommendations of the 9 11 commission act of 2007 public law 110 53
Implementing Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Act of 2007 (Public Law 110-53)

(August 3, 2007)

Mandated Action

Directs DHS to establish a “Voluntary Private Sector Preparedness Accreditation and Certification Program”

Improve Private Sector Preparedness in:

  • Disaster Management
  • Emergency Management
  • Business Continuity

Program Requirements

  • Select preparedness standards for accreditation
  • Establish accreditation and certification program
  • Obtain stakeholder / public comment
  • Small Business Provision
program coordination management and oversight structure
Program Coordination, Management and Oversight Structure

The Act designates specific DHS program offices

  • The Administrator of FEMA
  • The Assistant Secretary for Infrastructure Protection
  • The Assistant Secretary for the Private Sector
  • The Under Secretary for S&T (DHS Standards Executive)

DHS designated FEMA as Program lead

  • FEMA Administrator or designee is Council Chair
  • Standards Executive (DHS S&T) is Council Executive Secretary
key program requirements
Key Program Requirements
  • Voluntary participation
  • Provide method to independently certify preparedness of private sector entities (3rd party certification)
  • Administered by non-governmental entity
  • DHS designate one or more standards
  • Separate classifications and certification methods for small business
  • Integrate and leverage existing regulatory requirements and programs, if feasible
  • DHS maintain a listing of certified public entities and make public a list of consenting participants
cikr sector specific certifying framework
CIKR Sector-Specific Certifying Framework
  • DHS IP intends to Collaborate with Sectors to:
    • Identify guidelines, best practices, relevant regulations and agreed codes of practice that already apply to the sector
    • Cross-map to standards
    • Develop framework/guidance for use by Certifying Bodies and sector in applying standards
ps prep certification program model
PS-Prep Certification Program Model

Contracted by DHS to Implement and manage Accreditation and Certification portion of Program

Accreditor (ANAB)

ISO/IEC 17011

Accredits Certifying Bodies

Certifying Bodies ISO/IEC 17021 +

Certifies Private Sector Entities to an approved standard

Private Sector Entities

that apply for Voluntary Preparedness Certification

why should the private sector participate
Why Should the Private Sector Participate?
  • Extensive evidence on economic consequences of the non-prepared
  • Opportunity to minimize the impact of business disruptions
  • Supply chain reliability improvements
  • Potential Second-order benefits:
    • Increased productivity and innovation
    • Rating agency acknowledgement
path forward
Path Forward
  • Keep the goal forefront:
    • Improve Private Sector Preparedness
  • Continue and expand outreach
  • Select Standards
  • Determine Small Business Certification Options
  • Develop CIKR Sector-Specific Certifying Framework
  • Participation in standards development

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION ON THE PROGRAM: http://www.fema.gov/privatesectorpreparedness

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