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DOE is the Sector Specific Agency (SSA) for Energy. Within the Department, ISER oversees all activities associated with the National Infrastructure Protection Plan (NIPP) and the Energy Sector Specific Plan (SSP). In doing so, ISER maintains a close partnership with the two Energy Sector Coordinating Councils (SCCs) - the Electricity SCC and the Oil and Natural Gas SCC - and government partners through the Critical Infrastructure Protection Advisory Council (CIPAC). In addition to the Energy SSP, DOE and its security partners are required to submit an annual Critical Infrastructure and Key Resources (CI/KR) report to DHS.

Under Presidential Policy Directive 8, DOE coordinates with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in preparing for and responding to energy emergencies. ISER has been authorized to carry out these duties for the Department. In preparation for emergencies, ISER works with FEMA on proper response procedures and on informing FEMA of areas in which ISER and DOE can provide expertise and assistance. During a large-scale energy emergency, ISER staff deploy to the affected region to assist in the recovery efforts.

Related Links

Videos: The Importance of Energy Assurance
2013 Energy Assurance and Interdependency Workshop
National Infrastructure Protection Plan (NIPP)
Energy Sector Specific Plan
National Response Framework (NRF)
NRF ESF-12 Annex
Presidential Policy Directive 8
Presidential Policy Directive 21