EO 12941
Effective Date: December 01, 1994

Responsible Office: Facilities Engineering Division


By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution
and the laws of the United States of America, and in furtherance
of the Earthquake Hazards Reduction Act of 1977, as amended by
Public Law 101-614, which requires the President to adopt
"standards for assessing and enhancing the seismic safety of
existing buildings constructed for or leased by the Federal
Government which were designed and constructed without adequate
seismic design and construction standards" (42 U.S.C. 7705b(a)),
it is hereby ordered as follows:

Section 1. Adoption of Minimum Standards. The Standards of
Seismic Safety for Existing Federally Owned or Leased Buildings
(Standards), developed, issued, and maintained by the Interagency
Committee on Seismic Safety in Construction (ICSSC), are hereby
adopted as the minimum level acceptable for use by Federal
departments and agencies in assessing the seismic safety of their
owned and leased buildings and in mitigating unacceptable seismic
risks in those buildings.  The Standards shall be applied, at a
minimum, to those buildings identified in the Standards as
requiring evaluation and, if necessary, mitigation.  Evaluations
and mitigations that were completed prior to the date of this
order under agency programs that were based on standards deemed
adequate and appropriate by the individual agency need not be
reconsidered unless otherwise stipulated by the Standards.

     For the purposes of this order, buildings are defined as any
structure, fully or partially enclosed, located within the United
States as defined in the Earthquake Hazards Reduction Act of
1977, as amended, (42 U.S.C. 7703(5)), used or intended for
sheltering persons or property, except for the exclusions
specified in the Standards.

Sec. 2. Estimating Costs of Mitigation.  Each agency that owns or
leases buildings for Federal use shall, within 4 years of the
issuance of this order develop an inventory of their owned and
leased buildings and shall estimate the costs of mitigating
unacceptable seismic risks in those buildings.  The cost estimate
shall be based on the exemptions and evaluation and mitigation
requirements in the Standards.  Guidance for the development of
the inventory and cost estimates will be issued by the ICSSC no
later than 1 year after the signing of this order.  Cost
estimates with supporting documentation shall be submitted to the
Director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) no
later than 4 years after the signing of this order.

Sec. 3. Implementation Responsibilities. (a) The Federal
Emergency Management Agency is responsible for (1) notifying all
Federal departments and agencies of the existence and content of
this order, (2) preparing for the Congress, in consultation with
the ICSSC, no later than 6 years after the issuance of this
order, a comprehensive report on how to achieve an adequate level
of seismic safety in federally owned and leased buildings in an
economically feasible manner; and (3) preparing for the Congress
on a biennial basis, a report on the execution of this order.

     (b) The National Institute of Standards and Technology is
responsible for providing technical assistance to the Federal
departments and agencies in the implementation of this order.

     (c) Federal departments and agencies may request an
exemption from this order from the Director of the Office of
Management and Budget.

Sec. 4. Updating Programs. The ICSSC shall update the Standards
at least every 5 years.  It shall also update the Standards
within 2 years of the publication of the first edition of FEMA's
Guidelines for Seismic Rehabilitation of Buildngs and Commentary.

See. 5. Judicial Review.  Nothing in this order is intended to
create any right to administrative or judicial review, or any
other right, benefit, or trust responsibility, substantive or
procedural, enforceable at law by any party against the United
States, its agencies or instrumentalities, its officers or
employees, or any person.

                         /s/WILLIAM J. CLINTON

December 1, 1994.


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