DATE: August 14, 2023

SUBJECT: Department of the Treasury Emergency Preparedness

  1. PURPOSE. This Directive outlines the responsibilities of the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary (DAS) for Treasury Operations and the Office of Safety, Health, and Emergency Preparedness (SHEP) and discusses the roles of the Bureaus and Departmental Offices (DO) for emergency management and continuity coordination. This Order also authorizes the issuance of Treasury Directive Publication (TD P) 23-01, “Department of the Treasury Emergency Preparedness Program Requirements” for establishing department-wide requirement standards for emergency preparedness and safety.
  2. SCOPE. This Directive applies to all bureaus, offices, and organizations in the Department of the Treasury (Treasury), including the offices of Inspectors General within the Department. The provisions of this Directive shall not be construed to interfere with or impede the authorities or independence of the Department’s Inspectors General.
  3. POLICY. The Department’s policy is to prepare for, respond to, and recover from natural or man-made emergency incidents that affect Treasury personnel, facilities, and interests, and to ensure that effective contingency plans and procedures are in place to sustain the performance of the Department’s most critical mission functions, including early detection and notification capabilities.
  4. DEFINITIONS. See TD P 23-01 for details.
    1. The Assistant Secretary for Management (ASM) serves as the Department’s Emergency Coordinator and Continuity Coordinator responsible for effective emergency management and continuity programs for the Department.
    2. Department of the Treasury Bureau Heads:
      1. 1) Establish and maintain effective bureau emergency management and continuity of operation policies and programs which meet the Department’s emergency preparedness program requirements, per Treasury Directive Publication 23-01.
      2. 2) Report bureau annual emergency preparedness performance data to SHEP.
    3. The DAS for Treasury Operations:
      1. 1) Serves as the Department’s Alternate Emergency Coordinator and Assistant Continuity Coordinator in support of the ASM’s responsibilities.
      2. 2) Serves as the principal advisor to the ASM, and other senior officials, with respect to Treasury emergency preparedness matters, including emergency management, continuity of operations, and continuity of government.
      3. 3) In consultation with the Assistant Secretary for Management, establishes and maintains Treasury-wide emergency preparedness policies and conducts oversight of these activities, in collaboration with the Treasury Operations Executive Council.
      4. 4) Serves as the Senior Agency Official with management and oversight responsibility for the Department’s program and related functions identified in this Directive, and represents the Department at the National Security Council’s Policy Coordination Committee meetings, as needed and appropriate.
      5. 5) Chairs the Department’s Disaster Assistance Advisory Group (DAAG) facilitating Treasury-wide information sharing and coordination in support of national disaster response and recovery.
      6. 6) During emergency incidents, provides senior leadership support to the ASM and other senior officials, including communications with interagency partners.
    4. The Director of SHEP:
      1. 1) Administers and manages emergency preparedness activities to meet federal statutory, regulatory, and policy requirements.
      2. 2) Serves as the Department’s Emergency Manager, ensuring that threat detection, notification, and emergency response capabilities are in place to safeguard Treasury’s personnel, facilities, and mission critical capabilities.
      3. 3) Serves at the Department’s Continuity Manager, overseeing the Department’s day-to-day continuity programs, including preparedness and operational activities, and is the Department’s primary representative at inter-agency forums, working groups, and with FEMA Nation Continuity Program Directorate (NCP).
      4. 4) Maintains an effective up-to-date Treasury-wide Business Continuity Contingency Plan, and plans, conducts, and supports Treasury Bureau requirements during annual Eagle Horizon continuity exercises.
      5. 5) Maintains the Treasury Operations Center (TOC) in a state of readiness to respond effectively during emergency situations, including emergency notifications and implementation of the Treasury Crisis Response Plan.
      6. 6) Manages effective safety inspections, risk mitigation planning, Occupant Emergency Plans, and regular drills for evacuation, shelter, and active threats in all Departmental Offices facilities.
      7. 7) Chairs the Treasury-wide Emergency Planners Roundtable to facilitate emergency preparedness information sharing, collaboration, and planning.
      8. 8) Oversees and manages the Office of Safety, Health, and Emergency Preparedness, ensuring effective and proper use of DO and Shared Services Program resources.
      9. 9) Supports the ASM, DAS for Treasury Operations, and other senior officials with emergency planning, training, and incident response.
    1. 29 CFR 1910 Subpart E, Exit Routes and Emergency Planning
    2. 29 CFR 1960 Subpart I, Recordkeeping and Reporting Requirements
    3. 47 CFR Part 202, National Security and Emergency Preparedness Planning and Execution.
    4. 41 CFR § 102-74, Facility Management
    5. Presidential Policy Directive 40 (National Continuity Policy)
    6. Federal Continuity Directives (FCDs):
      1. 1) FCD-1.
      2. 2) FCD-2.
    7. Executive Order 12656, “Assignment of Emergency Preparedness Responsibilities.” 
    8. Office of Science and Technology Policy/Office of Management and Budget Directive 16-1.
  7. CANCELLATION. Treasury Directive 23-01, “Department of the Treasury Emergency Preparedness,” dated March 1, 2018, is superseded.
  8. OFFICE OF PRIMARY INTEREST. The Office of Safety, Health, and Emergency Preparedness (SHEP), Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Treasury Operations, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Management.


Anna Canfield Roth
Assistant Secretary for Management