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The incumbent of this position serves as Deputy to the Assistant Administrator National Continuity Programs on the development and implementation of concepts, policy guidance, and operation systems for civil government emergency preparedness, and directs the activities of the Office of National Continuity Programs (NCP) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The office serves as the focal point for Agency activities related to Continuity of Government (COG), Continuity of Operations (COOP) and contingency programs. NCP is responsible for developing comprehensive test, training and exercise programs; revising and coordinating implementation plans; establishing readiness reporting systems for national security programs; and developing a comprehensive system to alert and warn people of all hazards that alerting authorities can use at all levels of government.. NCP supports the Administrator, FEMA, and coordinates related activities within FEMA, with appropriate Executive Branch organizations, and throughout the Federal Government through uniform and consistent national security policy. As the Deputy Assistand Administrator the incumbent is responsible for policy development and coordination, strategic planning, program and budget planning, representing FEMA on interagency panels and working groups, overseeing the development of operating procedures, and coordination of FEMA support plans and policies.

EMERGENCY ASSIGNMENT: Every FEMA employee has regular and recurring emergency management responsibilities, though not every position requires routine deployment to disaster sites. All positions are subject to recall around the clock for emergency management operations, which may require irregular work hours, work at locations other than the official duty station, and may include duties other than those specified in the employee's official position description.


Advise the Assistant Administrator concerning the Agency’s national security-related responsibilities and other issues related to national security emergency preparedness, including COG, COOP and contingency programs. 

Serve as one of FEMA’s points of contact with the White House, the National Security Council, and all Federal departments and agencies for national security related activities. Represent FEMA on White House, Defense, Intelligence Community, and other interagency steering groups regarding Federal Government preparedness issues related to COG, COOP and contingency programs.

Direct and manage assigned staff and operations for the Office. Allocate program responsibilities, project, and office functions. Determine resource needs and allocate resources to the appropriate programs based on office priorities. Delegate authority to subordinates and hold them responsible for performance. Ensure compliance with agency personnel and equal opportunity policies and procedures.


Direct development and implementation of concepts, policy guidance, and operation systems for national security emergency preparedness.   Coordinate implementation of FEMA’s national security responsibilities. Establish requirements, task appropriate entities, and evaluate national security policy implementation.

Analyze existing national security programs to determine their continued applicability in view of evolving technologies and threats to national security. Direct the development and assessment of planning assumptions and options, and the conduct, as appropriate, of comprehensive contractual studies concerned with existing and proposed national security emergency management programs. Make recommendations to the Assistant Administrator for the enhancement and integration of such programs.

Provides guidance and direction on the development, implementation, and assessment of an integrated set of programs for the relocation of key leadership and staff to continuity sites to ensure the continuity of essential Executive Branch functions during a national security emergency. Develop innovative concepts and plans for emergency management programs to respond to a wide range of complex emergency situations.

Provide executive-level program guidance and direction to Federal departments and agencies in the planning, conduct, and analysis of national security emergency management programs. Coordinate participation of Federal departments and agencies in special interagency activities related to national security programs.

Develop and manage a comprehensive budget for assigned programs; prepare and justify budget; and defend funding allocations during budget deliberations at all levels.

Conduct strategic planning to accomplish relevant Agency goals and objectives established in compliance with the Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA). Direct and manage development of criteria, standards, and performance measures to assess the operational readiness and effectiveness of National Security programs. Use assessment results to formulate a comprehensive improvement program. Coordinate with all program participants to effectively implement improvements within approved budget levels.

Travel Required

  • Occasional Travel
  • This position may require occasional non-emergency travel.

Relocation Authorized

  • No