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30 October 2001

Text: Presidential Directive Establishes Homeland Security Panels

(Structure described for homeland security operations) (1510)

President Bush issued a directive October 30 that sets up a Homeland
Security Council to monitor threats to domestic security. The action
comes as another response to the September 11 terrorist attacks
against the United States.


Experts who conducted studies of U.S. preparedness for terrorism have
recommended the creation of a single government office which would act
to coordinate the activities of the many federal, state, and local
agencies which could become involved in coping with a disaster or
attack.


The October 30 directive establishes the Homeland Security Council.
It's governing panel, the Principals Committee, will draw together
representatives from the principal agencies who may need to respond to
terrorism: the Departments of Defense, Justice, Health,
Transportation, Treasury, and others. They are instructed to provide
"extensive coordination across a broad spectrum of federal, state and
local agencies to reduce the potential for terrorist attacks and to
mitigate damage should such an attack occur."

Following is the text of the Presidential Directive:

(begin text)

THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary

October 30, 2001

HOMELAND SECURITY PRESIDENTIAL DIRECTIVE-1

October 29, 2001

SUBJECT: Organization and Operation of the Homeland Security Council

This is the first in a series of Homeland Security Presidential
Directives that shall record and communicate presidential decisions
about the homeland security policies of the United States.

A. Homeland Security Council

Securing Americans from terrorist threats or attacks is a critical
national security function. It requires extensive coordination across
a broad spectrum of Federal, State, and local agencies to reduce the
potential for terrorist attacks and to mitigate damage should such an
attack occur. The Homeland Security Council (HSC) shall ensure
coordination of all homeland security-related activities among
executive departments and agencies and promote the effective
development and implementation of all homeland security policies.

B. The Homeland Security Council Principals Committee

The HSC Principals Committee (HSC/PC) shall be the senior interagency
forum under the HSC for homeland security issues. The HSC/PC is
composed of the following members: the Secretary of the Treasury; the
Secretary of Defense; the Attorney General; the Secretary of Health
and Human Services; the Secretary of Transportation; the Director of
the Office of Management and Budget; the Assistant to the President
for Homeland Security (who serves as Chairman); the Assistant to the
President and Chief of Staff; the Director of Central Intelligence;
the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation; the Director of
the Federal Emergency Management Agency; and the Assistant to the
President and Chief of Staff to the Vice President. The Assistant to
the President for National Security Affairs shall be invited to attend
all meetings of the HSC/PC. The following people shall be invited to
HSC/PC meetings when issues pertaining to their responsibilities and
expertise are discussed: the Secretary of State; the Secretary of the
Interior; the Secretary of Agriculture; the Secretary of Commerce; the
Secretary of Labor; the Secretary of Energy; the Secretary of Veterans
Affairs; the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency; and
the Deputy National Security Advisor for Combating Terrorism. The
Counsel to the President shall be consulted regarding the agenda of
HSC/PC meetings and shall attend any meeting when, in consultation
with the Assistant to the President for Homeland Security, the Counsel
deems it appropriate. The Deputy Director of the Office of Homeland
Security shall serve as Executive Secretary of the HSC/PC. Other heads
of departments and agencies and senior officials shall be invited,
when appropriate.

The HSC/PC shall meet at the call of the Assistant to the President
for Homeland Security, in consultation with the regular attendees of
the HSC/PC. The Assistant to the President for Homeland Security shall
determine the agenda, in consultation with the regular attendees, and
shall ensure that all necessary papers are prepared. When global
terrorism with domestic implications is on the agenda of the HSC/PC,
the Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and the Assistant
to the President for National Security Affairs shall perform these
tasks in concert.

C. Homeland Security Council Deputies Committee

The HSC Deputies Committee (HSC/DC) shall serve as the senior
sub-Cabinet interagency forum for consideration of policy issues
affecting homeland security. The HSC/DC can task and review the work
of the HSC interagency groups discussed below. The HSC/DC shall help
ensure that issues brought before the HSC/PC or the HSC have been
properly analyzed and prepared for action. The HSC/DC shall have the
following as its regular members: the Deputy Secretary of the
Treasury; the Deputy Secretary of Defense; the Deputy Attorney
General; the Deputy Secretary of Health and Human Services; the Deputy
Secretary of Transportation; the Deputy Director of the Office of
Homeland Security (who serves as Chairman); the Deputy Director of
Central Intelligence; the Deputy Director of the Federal Bureau of
Investigation; the Deputy Director of the Federal Emergency Management
Agency; the Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget;
and the Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff to the Vice
President. The Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security
Advisor shall be invited to attend all meetings of the HSC/DC. The
following people shall be invited to attend when issues pertaining to
their responsibilities and expertise are to be discussed: the Deputy
Secretary of State; the Deputy Secretary of the Interior; the Deputy
Secretary of Agriculture; the Deputy Secretary of Commerce; the Deputy
Secretary of Labor; the Deputy Secretary of Energy; the Deputy
Secretary of Veterans Affairs; the Deputy Administrator of the
Environmental Protection Agency; the Deputy National Security Advisor
for Combating Terrorism; and the Special Advisor to the President for
Cyber-space Security. The Executive Secretary of the Office of
Homeland Security shall serve as Executive Secretary of the HSC/DC.
Other senior officials shall be invited, when appropriate.

The HSC/DC shall meet at the call of its Chairman. Any regular member
of the HSC/DC may request a meeting of the HSC/DC for prompt crisis
management. For all meetings, the Chairman shall determine the agenda,
in consultation with the regular members, and shall ensure that
necessary papers are prepared.

D. Homeland Security Council Policy Coordination Committees

HSC Policy Coordination Committees (HSC/PCCs) shall coordinate the
development and implementation of homeland security policies by
multiple departments and agencies throughout the Federal government,
and shall coordinate those policies with State and local government.
The HSC/PCCs shall be the main day-to-day fora for interagency
coordination of homeland security policy. They shall provide policy
analysis for consideration by the more senior committees of the HSC
system and ensure timely responses to decisions made by the President.
Each HSC/PCC shall include representatives from the executive
departments, offices, and agencies represented in the HSC/DC.

Eleven HSC/PCCs are hereby established for the following functional
areas, each to be chaired by the designated Senior Director from the
Office of Homeland Security:

1. Detection, Surveillance, and Intelligence (by the Senior Director,
Intelligence and Detection);

2. Plans, Training, Exercises, and Evaluation (by the Senior Director,
Policy and Plans);

3. Law Enforcement and Investigation (by the Senior Director,
Intelligence and Detection);

4. Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) Consequence Management (by the
Senior Director, Response and Recovery);

5. Key Asset, Border, Territorial Waters, and Airspace Security (by
the Senior Director, Protection and Prevention);

6. Domestic Transportation Security (by the Senior Director,
Protection and Prevention);

7. Research and Development (by the Senior Director, Research and
Development);

8. Medical and Public Health Preparedness (by the Senior Director,
Protection and Prevention);

9. Domestic Threat Response and Incident Management (by the Senior
Director, Response and Recovery);

10. Economic Consequences (by the Senior Director, Response and
Recovery); and

11. Public Affairs (by the Senior Director, Communications).

Each HSC/PCC shall also have an Executive Secretary to be designated
by the Assistant to the President for Homeland Security (from the
staff of the HSC). The Executive Secretary of each HSC/PCC shall
assist his or her Chair in scheduling the meetings of the HSC/PCC,
determining the agenda, recording the actions taken and tasks
assigned, and ensuring timely responses to the central policy-making
committees of the HSC system. The Chairman of each HSC/PCC, in
consultation with its Executive Secretary, may invite representatives
of other executive departments and agencies to attend meetings of the
HSC/PCC, when appropriate.

The Assistant to the President for Homeland Security, at the direction
of the President and in consultation with the Vice President, the
Attorney General, the Secretary of Defense, the Secretary of Health
and Human Services, the Secretary of Transportation, and the Director
of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, may establish additional
HSC/PCCs, as appropriate.

The Chairman of each HSC/PCC, with the agreement of its Executive
Secretary, may establish subordinate working groups to assist the PCC
in the performance of its duties.

The Vice President may attend any and all meetings of any entity
established by or under this directive.

This directive shall be construed in a manner consistent with
Executive Order 13228.

GEORGE W. BUSH

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