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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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