DHS to develop accreditation and certification program.
Press Release Summary:
January 7, 2009 - U.S. Department of Homeland Security is accepting comments on voluntary private sector preparedness accreditation and certification program. Known as PS-Prep, program is expected to raise level of private sector preparedness through establishing system for DHS to adopt private sector preparedness standards; encouraging creation of those standards; and developing method for private sector entity to obtain certification of conformity with particular DHS-adopted private sector standard.
Original Press Release
DHS Now Accepting Comments on Voluntary Private Sector Preparedness Accreditation and Certification Program
Press release date: December 30, 2008
developing a method for a private sector entity to obtain a certification of conformity with a particular DHS-adopted private sector standard, and encouraging such certification; and
making preparedness standards adopted by DHS more widely available. DHS welcomes comments from interested stakeholders at any time; however, comments regarding recommendations of currently-existing private sector preparedness standards that can be adopted by the program should be submitted by January 23, 2009. Comments can be submitted online through the Federal eRulemaking Portal, by email to email@example.com, by fax to 866.466.5370, or by post to Office of Chief Council, Federal Emergency Management Agency, 500 C Street SW., Room 845, Washington, DC, 20472. All submissions must be labeled with Docket ID FEMA-2008-0017. In addition, DHS will hold two public meetings in Washington, DC, to provide a forum for public comment on the subject of private sector preparedness standards. Details on the meetings, which are expected to be held in January and February 2009, will be published in the Federal Register and posted at www.fema.gov/privatesectorpreparedness. For more information on the PS-Prep program and submitting comments, see the Federal Register notice.