DHS creates private sector accreditation program
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August 15 '08: Late in July, the Department of Homeland Security signed an agreement with the ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board (ANAB), based in Milwaukee, "to establish and oversee the development and implementation of the accreditation and certification requirements" for the private sector to strengthen its preparedness and resilience, the Suburban Emergency Management Project reported (courtesy of HSDL). Accreditation guidelines have not been announced yet, but participation is voluntary and will be driven by the marketplace.
The new private sector accreditation program will be headed by FEMA Administrator R. David Paulison who will "chair an internal 'Private Sector Preparedness Council' comprised of department leadership from the Science & Technology Directorate, Private Sector Office, and the Office of Infrastructure Protection. The purpose of this council is to select program standards, define and promote the business case for private sector entities to work toward voluntary certification, oversee the program's progress, and provide regular updates to Congress," SEMP wrote according to the DHS information.The program's "program will allow private sector organizations to demonstrate through formal certification and other means their compliance with voluntary preparedness and business continuity standards and requirements," DHS said. National Blueprint Tags: Legal & Intergovernmental, Transportation & Logistics.
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