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Homeland Security Workshops Build to ANSI-HSSP Plenary and Presentation to 9-11 Commission

New York, Mar 25, 2004

The Homeland Security Standards Panel of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI-HSSP) held the final in a series of three workshops on private sector emergency preparedness and business continuity on Monday, March 22, 2004 in New York City. Led by ANSI and organized in partnership with the 9-11 Commission and the Working Group on Private Sector Preparedness (PSP-WG), the workshops will culminate in a recommendation to be submitted to the 9-11 Commission supporting a high-level, voluntary standard in lieu of potential government mandates and regulations. The commission – an independent group investigating the 2001 terrorist attacks – will consider this recommendation in preparing its final report to Congress and the President.

Workshop participants have examined the National Fire Protection Association’s standard on Disaster/Emergency Management and Business Continuity Programs (NFPA 1600) as a base document for the recommendation. Workshop participants have identified proposed changes to the document and will submit these directly to the committee responsible for NFPA 1600. A NFPA representative noted that a task group of this committee is planning to meet in June to consider the input from the workshop and report to the full NFPA 1600 committee on next steps. At Monday’s workshop, the chair of PSP-WG presented and received comments on potential incentives for compliance, marketing, promotion and education, which will be sent separately to the 9-11 Commission by the PSP-WG.

The final recommendation to the commission will be officially presented on April 29 during an evening reception honoring the work of the 9-11 Commission. The formal presentation will be received by the Honorable Lee H. Hamilton, vice chair of the 9-11 Commission, president and director of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and former congressman representing Indiana's ninth district for 34 years.

The reception will be a special feature of the Second Plenary Meeting of the ANSI-HSSP, which will bring together its members to review the first-year progress of the panel and initiatives for 2004. The two-day event in Falls Church, VA, will include presentations from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the federal 9-11 Commission, and the U.S. General Accounting Office (GAO). Other topics will include a review of the SAFETY Act, an update on international standards security initiatives, and discussion of training programs for first responders, cyber security, the Partnership for Critical Infrastructure Security, and more.

For more information on the ANSI-HSSP and the upcoming plenary, please contact ANSI-HSSP secretary Matthew Deane (; 212.642.4992).