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NPR 1040.1
Effective Date: July 03, 2003
Expiration Date: August 03, 2024
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Subject: NASA Continuity of Operations (COOP) Planning Procedural Requirements (Revalidated with Change 3, 9/13/2012)

Responsible Office: Office of Protective Services

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APPENDIX A - Glossary of Terms, Abbreviations, and Acronyms

Continuity of Operations - Term used to denote the need for an organization to operate effectively during a crisis or emergency event.

Delegations of Authority (DOA) - Official NASA document or documents delegating authority from one individual to another with respect to taking certain actions to ensure continuity of operations.

Executive Order (EO) - Official Executive Office of the President (EOP) documents, numbered consecutively, through which the President of the United States manages the operations of the Federal Government.

Federal Preparedness Circular (FPC) - Official Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) documents which are intended to direct, guide, inform, and instruct Federal agencies in meeting Federal and agency emergency preparedness and response requirements.

Functional Activities Listing - Official NASA organization document that outlines the functions the organization performs in support of its mission.

Interdependency - Used in the context of the MEI program: Any asset on which an MEI is dependent; NASA or other Agency-owned or -operated, that the MEI depends on or is depended on, to perform its mission (e.g., power, communications, facility, other utilities).

Mission Essential Infrastructure (MEI) - Operations, functions, physical assets, IT resources deemed by the Agency to constitute the Agency's most critical and essential to the success of NASA's mission. Established in PDD 63, "Critical Infrastructure Protection."

Mission Statement - Official NASA organization document, which establishes the mission (purpose) of the organization.

NASA COOP Criteria - Information established to guide NASA organizations in determining the criticality of NASA operations and functions as they relate to the need to ensure that select operations and functions can continue to operate under emergency situations.

NASA Senior Management - NASA personnel in designated management or supervisory positions, generally at the Administrator, Enterprise, Center Director level (e.g., Directorate, Division, Branch).

National Response Plan - National level emergency response plan which outlines the overall emergency response responsibilities of all Federal Government agencies, State, and local government agencies, and other supporting activities.

Plans of Succession - Official NASA documentation outlining processes and procedures, and identification of individuals designated as having authority to succeed.

Presidential Decision Directive (PDD) - Official Executive Office of the President (EOP) documents whereby the President of the United States promulgates decisions and establishes requirements on national security matters.

Vital Records - essential agency records that are needed to meet operational responsibilities under national security emergencies or other emergency or disaster conditions (emergency operating records) or to protect the legal and financial rights of the Government and those affected by Government activities (legal and financial rights records).

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