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Maintaining a secure energy grid is a nation-wide effort but in the event of an emergency it’s important that the different roles each federal office plays can be easily understood. The Office of Cybersecurity, Energy Security, and Emergency Response (CESER) plays a critical role in maintaining situational awareness, discovering and mitigating of cyber threats, and orchestrating response and recovery operations. CESER’s responsibilities are established through various authority statements passed down by both the executive branch and the DOE. Explore the authorities granted to CESER and how these authorities drive CESER’s various activities. 

National Response Framework
The National Response Framework outlines the delivery of energy (power and fuel) as an essential community lifeline for which U.S. DOE is responsible.
National Cyber Strategy
The National Cyber Strategy outlines the U.S. Department of Energy’s role in defending the national energy infrastructure.
Bulk Power Executive Order
The U.S. Department of Energy works to ensure that the acquisition of bulk-power assets is done safely and securely.
Cybersecurity Workforce Executive Order
The Cybersecurity Workforce EO asserts the importance of cultivating a strong and diverse cyber workforce.
Securing the Information and Communications Technology and Services Supply Chain EO
The U.S. Department of Energy works to ensure that the acquisition of Energy Sector infrastructure assets is done safely and securely.
Presidential Policy Directive 41
Presidential Policy Directive 41 outlines the DOE as the Sector-Specific Agency responsible for securing critical energy infrastructure.
Presidential Policy Directive 21
PPD 21 unifies the national effort to strengthen and maintain critical infrastructure and grants CESER their authority in these objectives. 
Emergency Support Function #12
Emergency Support Function #12 grants CESER the authority to coordinate and respond in emergency situations.