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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 2007 (Public Law 110-53)

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 2007 (Public Law 110-53)

  • 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 2007 (Public Law 110-53)

  • 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 2007 (Public Law 110-53)

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? 2007 (Public Law 110-53)

  • 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 2007 (Public Law 110-53)

  • 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