12-2 Service Continuity Plan Requirements

The purpose of business continuity plans are to ensure that business processes which rely upon personnel to perform specific functions will continue after an unplanned emergent event. This event may affect the prerequisite or dependent personnel, tools, or facilities and require that the function be relocated or that an alternate process be initiated.

Business Continuity Plans mitigate operational risk by doing the following:

  1. Protecting personnel and identifying essential business processes during an incident or disaster.
  2. Reducing the impact of an incident or disaster on facilities’ personnel and business processes.
  3. Satisfying business continuity needs as defined by USPS management and aligning with industry best practices and United States federal government requirements and guidance.

The minimum requirements for Business Continuity Plans are defined in the following documents:

  1. ASM, 28, Emergency Preparedness.
  2. Management Instruction (MI) AS-280-2018-1, Integrated Emergency Management Supporting Field Business Continuity (published October 24, 2016).
  3. Federal Continuity Directive 1 (FCD 1), “Federal Executive Branch National Continuity Program and Requirements” dated January 2017.

All CIO managed facilities will use the structure, tools, products, and nomenclature of the integrated emergency management (IEMM / IEMP) discipline to include the following:

  1. Emergency Management Team (EMT) concept of operations.
  2. Integrated Emergency Management Module (IEMM) within the Facilities Database System for data entry.
  3. Integrated Emergency Management Plan (IEMP) that consists of emergency action, fire prevention, and continuity of operations (COOP) plans, and emergency response checklists.
  4. Business Continuity Preparedness (BCP) cyclical requirements for testing, training, exercise, and review.
  5. IEMP update and certification requirements.