Federal Manager's Daily Report

The Office of Personnel Management recently conducted sessions

for federal emergency preparedness specialists focusing on


needs identified in its recent survey about security and

emergency response measures.

OPM said it promoted telework as a necessary feature of agency

continuity of operations planning, and encouraged agencies to

think about how they might accomplish work through alternative

work sites.

The sessions follow Forward Challenge 04, a recent event in

which the Department of Homeland Security and more than 40

agencies tested continuity of operations plans.

Under the direction of the Federal Emergency Management Agency

they carried out a full-scale scenario-based event in which

federal departments and agencies implemented COOP plans,

deployed pre-designated personnel and leadership at

alternative worksites where they practiced conducting

essential functions.