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Terms, Authorities and References

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View various resources that NCP has developed to assist our whole community partners in managing their continuity programs.

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View a searchable glossary of commonly used Continuity Terms.


Homeland Security Act of 2002, as amended (6 U.S.C. § 101 et seq.).

National Security Act of 1947, as amended (50 U.S.C. § 3042).

Telework Enhancement Act of 2010 (5 U.S.C. § § 6501-6506).

Executive Order 12148, Federal Emergency Management, July 20, 1979, as amended.

Executive Order 13618, Assignment of National Security and Emergency Preparedness Communications Functions, July 6, 2012.

Presidential Policy Directive-8, National Preparedness, March 30, 2011.

Presidential Policy Directive-40, National Continuity Policy, July 15, 2016. The National Continuity Policy is not available for dissemination, but the core principles and concepts are included within the Continuity Guidance Circular. 

Presidential Policy Directive-21, Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience, February 12, 2013.


Comprehensive Preparedness Guide 101, Developing and Maintaining Emergency Operations Plans, Version 2, November 2010.

Federal Continuity Directive-1, Federal Executive Branch National Continuity Program and Requirements, January 2017.

Federal Continuity Directive-2, Federal Executive Branch Mission Essential Functions and Candidate Mission Essential Functions Identification and Submission Process, July 2017.

Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP), February 2020.

National Incident Management Systems (NIMS), October 2017.

National Preparedness Goal, September 2015.

Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.

Privacy Act of 1974.