Archive for February 2008

Federal Continuity Directive – FCD 1 and FCD 2

February 15, 2008

Over the years, I have had the pleasure to work with a number of companies and talented consultants/subject matter experts to provide business continuity, disaster recovery, continuity of operations (COOP) and continuity of government (COG) planning services for government and commercial clients. In summary, we work with our clients to produce a comprehensive, actionable and cost-effective continuity plan to enable them to save lives, protect skill sets and get back to serving customers and achieving their mission after an emergency or disaster.

In the federal government space, for years the primary documents that provided guidance on business continuity, disaster recovery, COOP and COG included:

  • The Computer Security Act of 1987
  • OMB Circular A-130, Management of Federal Information Resources, Appendix III, November 2000.
  • Federal Preparedness Circular (FPC) 65, Federal Executive Branch Continuity of Operations, July 1999
  • Presidential Decision Directive (PDD) 67, Enduring Constitutional Government and Continuity of Government Operations, October 1998
  • PDD 63, Critical Infrastructure Protection, May 1998
  • Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), The Federal Response Plan (FRP), April 1999
  • National Institute of Standards and Technology 800-34, Contingency Planning Guide for Information Technology Systems

In May 2007, President George W. Bush published an important nationally focused continuity directive:


    In February 2008, the Department of Homeland Security released these two federal continuity directive (FCD) documents, which will affect all Executive Branch Agencies under the United States federal government:

    • FCD 1 Federal Executive Branch National Continuity Program and Requirements
    • FCD 2 Federal Executive Branch Mission Essential Function (MEF) and Primary Mission Essential Function (PMEF) Identification and Submission Process

    These documents are intended to supersede FPC 65 and FPC 60, and as a result, our clients have been asking questions including, but not limited to:

    1 – What is materially different among the legacy PDD and FPC documents and the new FCD?

    2 – How will the FCD(s) affect my organization?

    3 – When does my organization have to comply with the FCD(s)?

    4 – What are the specific FCD compliance requirements?

    To provide these answers and more, we have developed a paper “The Practical Aspects and Implications of FCD 1 and FCD 2 on You and Your Organization”. Our intent is to keep this document “open source”, adding lessons learned and best practices from the industry as the FCD is applied and evolves. If you are interested in receiving this timely paper, please send an email to:

    please send your feedback, edits, comments and modifications to this paper via the same email address and your valuable input will be incorporated into future versions of this document, and with your permission, you will be added as a contributor.