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OR&R Dives Deep into NOS Devolution

MARCH 2, 2020 — [Updated March 26] On February 5-6, at NOAA’s Western Regional Center in Seattle the Disaster Preparedness Program facilitated a devolution site coordination meeting.

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NOAA line and staff offices working through devolution activation scenarios during their devolution site coordination meeting. Image credit: NOAA.

The meeting was well attended with over 20 representatives from the NOAA Offices of the Chief Financial Officer and the Chief Administrative Officer, National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Ocean Service (NOS), and NOAA’s Homeland Security Program Office. 

The purpose of the meeting was to learn about each other’s devolution process and procedures; identifying opportunities for coordination across line and staff offices. Devolution is a part of continuity planning that establishes procedures to transfer statutory authority and responsibilities from an organization’s primary operating staff and facilities to other designated staff and or facilities for the purpose of maintaining our mission essential functions.

The meeting provided an opportunity for the line and staff offices to work through devolution scenarios; identifying potential impacts and areas at risk. Although we hope to never have to activate our devolution option having a viable, actionable and comprehensive devolution plan/annex is important. 

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OR&R’s Kate Wheelock, John Tarpley, and Mark Dix working through the devolution discussion together. Image credit: NOAA.
Last updated Thursday, March 26, 2020 11:25am PDT