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Policy, Plans, and Evaluation Division (PPED)

This page is to support the Policy, Plans, and Evaluation Division's (PPED) overarching goals and strategic objectives for continuity in support of its branches: Policy and Plans, Continuity Training, and Continuity Exercise and Evaluation. The National Continuity Programs' PPED provides the foundation for the nation’s First Essential Function to ensure constitutional government under all conditions and ensures that federal Executive Branch departments and agencies, including FEMA, continue to perform their Mission Essential Functions and Primary Mission Essential Functions during a wide range of emergencies.

Upcoming Events

Please join us on Thursday, April 19, 2018 at 2:00PM for a webinar that will highlight the February 2018 updates to the Continuity Guidance Circular, as well as the importance of having a continuity plan. In addition, the webinar, “The Continuity Guidance Circular: Continuity Planning Guidance for the Whole Community”  will have two continuity planners discussing their continuity plans and how they are integrating continuity principles from the CGC into their continuity programs.

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News and Resources

Please visit our resources page for further information on policy documents, continuity guidance, templates, training and more including: Continuity Guidance Circular 1 (CGC 1)Continuity Guidance Circular 2 (CGC 2), and Continuity Assistance Tool (CAT).

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What is Continuity of Operations?

 Mission Essential Functions, Primary Mission Essential Functions and National Essential FunctionsContinuity of Operations, as defined in the National Security Presidential Directive-51/Homeland Security Presidential Directive-20 (NSPD-51/HSPD-20) and the National Continuity Policy Implementation Plan, is an effort within individual executive departments and agencies to ensure that Primary Mission Essential Functions continue to be performed during a wide range of emergencies, including localized acts of nature, accidents and technological or attack-related emergencies.

The Goal of Continuity

The ultimate goal of continuity in the executive branch is the continuation of National Essential Functions. To achieve that goal, the objective for organizations is to identify their Essential Functions and ensure that those functions can be continued throughout, or resumed rapidly after, a disruption of normal activities. The federal government has an important partnership with other non-federal government entities and with private sector owners and operators who play integral roles in ensuring our homeland security.

Continuity Program Management Cycle

 Plans and Procedures, Test, Training , and Exercises, Evaluations, After-Action Reports and Lessons Learned, Devlop Corrective Action PlansAn organization’s resiliency is directly related to the effectiveness of its continuity capability. An organization’s continuity capability — its ability to perform its essential functions continuously — rests upon key components or pillars, which are in turn built on the foundation of continuity planning and program management. Those pillars are Leadership, Staff, Communications, and Facilities. The continuity program staff within an agency shall coordinate and oversee the development and implementation of continuity plans and supporting procedures.

A standardized continuity program management cycle ensures consistency across all continuity programs and supports the foundation and pillars that comprise the nation’s continuity capability. It establishes consistent performance metrics, prioritizes implementation plans, promulgates best practices, and facilitates consistent cross-agency continuity evaluations.

Last Updated: 
04/09/2018 - 08:54