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Homeland Security Presidential Directives

Laws, Regulations & Mandates

EPA's homeland security priorities are based largely on responsibilities outlined in the following Homeland Security Presidential Directives (HSPDs). The highlighted columns with an astric (*) indicate specific EPA tasking:

HSPD-1: Organization & Operation of the Homeland Security Council
HSPD-2: Combating Terrorism Through Immigration Policies
HSPD-3: Homeland Security Advisory System
HSPD-4: National Strategy to Combat Weapons of Mass Destruction
HSPD-5*: Management of Domestic Incidents
HSPD-6: Integration & Use of Screening Information
HSPD-7*: Critical Infrastructure Identification, Prioritization, and Protection
HSPD-8*: National Preparedness
HSPD-9*: Defense of U.S. Agriculture and Food
HSPD-10*: Biodefense for the 21 Century
HSPD-11: Comprehensive Terrorist-Related Screening Procedures
HSPD-12*: Policy for a Common Identification Standard for Federal Employees and Contractors
HSPD-13: Maritime Security Policy
HSPD-14: Domestic Nuclear Detection
HSPD-15: Global War on Terror
HSPD-16: National Strategy for Aviation Security
HSPD-17: Nuclear Materials Information
HSPD-18: Medical Countermeasures Against Weapons of Mass Destruction
HSPD-19: Combating Terrorists Use of Explosives in the US
HSPD-20*: National Continuity Policy
HSPD-21: Public Health and Medical Preparedness
HSPD-22: Domestic Chemical Defense
HSPD-23: National Cyber Security Initiative
HSPD-24: Biometrics for Identification and Screening to Enhance National Security

HSPD-1: Organization & Operation of the Homeland Security Council

This directive outlines the Homeland Security Council's (HSC) role in ensuring coordination of all homeland security-related activities among Federal agencies and promoting effective policy development and implementation.

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HSPD-2: Combating Terrorism through Immigration Policies

This directive establishes an aggressive policy for preventing aliens who engage in or support terrorism from entering the U.S., and for detaining, prosecuting, or deporting such aliens who are within the U.S.

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HSPD-3: Homeland Security Advisory System

This directive requires all Federal agencies to conform to this terrorist threat advisory system through the development and implementation of agency-specific protective measures for each of the five threat conditions [low = green; guarded = blue; elevated = yellow; high = orange; and severe = red].

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HSPD-4: National Strategy to Combat Weapons of Mass Destruction

This directive establishes a comprehensive strategy to counter the threat of nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons of mass destruction (WMD). Unclassified version not yet available.

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HSPD-5: Management of Domestic Incidents

This directive requires the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to develop and administer a single, comprehensive National Incident Management System (NIMS) and the National Response Plan, now known as the National Response Framework (NRF).

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HSPD-6: Integration & Use of Screening Information

This directive consolidates the Federal government's approach to screening information related to known or suspected terrorists or their supporters.

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HSPD-7: Critical Infrastructure Identification, Prioritization, and Protection

This directive establishes a national policy for Federal departments and agencies to identify and prioritize United States critical infrastructure and key resources and to protect them from terrorist attacks. EPA is the "Sector-Specific Agency" for drinking water and water treatment systems.

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HSPD-8: National Preparedness

This directive, which is a companion to HSPD-5, describes the way Federal departments and agencies will prepare for a response, including prevention activities during the early stages of a terrorism incident. It directs all Federal agencies to assist DHS in the development of a national, all-hazards preparedness goal with measurable readiness priorities and metrics.

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HSPD-9: Defense of U.S. Agriculture and Food

This directive establishes a national policy to defend the agriculture and food system against terrorist attacks, major disasters, and other emergencies.

EPA and other federal agencies must work together to:

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HSPD-10: Biodefense for the 21 Century

This directive identifies actions to bolster our nation's bio-defense capabilities.

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HSPD-11: Comprehensive Terrorist-Related Screening Procedures

This directive establishes additional requirements for terrorist-related screening by Federal agencies.

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HSPD-12: Policy for a Common Identification Standard for Federal Employees and Contractors

This directive establishes a Government-wide standard for forms of identification issued by the Federal Government to its employees and contractors (including contractor employees).

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HSPD-13: Maritime Security Policy

This directive establishes a policy framework and identifies actions for protecting the U.S "maritime domain" from terrorists, criminal, and hostile foreign states.

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HSPD-14: Domestic Nuclear Detection

This directive establishes the Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO) within DHS to develop and support deployment of a global nuclear detection "architecture", with an enhanced domestic system to detect attempts to import or transport unauthorized nuclear devices, fissile materials, or radiological materials.

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HSPD-15: Global War on Terrorism (Classified)

Unclassified version not yet available.

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HSPD-16: National Strategy for Aviation Security

This directive establishes Border and Transportation Security Planning Coordinating Committee for the development of a risk-based, cross-discipline, global approach to a national strategy for aviation security.

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HSPD-17: Nuclear Materials Information (Classified)

Unclassified version not yet available.

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HSPD-18: Medical Countermeasures Against Weapons of Mass Destruction

This directive establishes policy guidelines to draw upon the considerable potential of the scientific community in the public and private sectors to address medical countermeasure requirements relating to CBRN threats.

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HSPD-19: Combating Terrorists Use of Explosives in the US

This directive calls for the development of a national strategy and implementation plan on the prevention and detection of, protection against, and response to terrorist's use of explosives in the US (excludes nuclear and radiological devices).

Departments and Agencies are directed to provide assessments/inventories of resources, capabilities, research, development, testing, etc. and are also asked to make recommendations for improvements. HSPD 19 includes Sector-specific Agencies (as defined in HSPD-7) - EPA is the Sector-specific lead for water and waste water.

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HSPD-20: National Continuity Policy

This directive establishes and defines National Essential Functions (NEFs), prescribes continuity requirements, and provides guidance to ensure a comprehensive and integrated national continuity program is in place to enable a more rapid and effective response to and recovery from a national emergency.

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HSPD-21: Public Health and Medical Preparedness

This directive establishes a national strategy for public health and medical preparedness which builds on the principles set forth in HSPD-4 and HSPD-10 and the National Strategy for Homeland Security.

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HSPD-22: Domestic Chemical Defense (Classified)

Unclassified version not yet available.

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HSPD-23: National Cyber Security Initiative (Classified)

Unclassified version not yet available.

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HSPD-24: Biometrics for Identification and Screening to Enhance National Security

This directive establishes a framework to ensure that Federal executive departments and agencies (agencies) use mutually compatible methods and procedures in the collection, storage, use, analysis, and sharing of biometric and associated biographic and contextual information of individuals in a lawful and appropriate manner, while respecting their information privacy and other legal rights under United States law.

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