Continuity of Operations (COOP) and Emergency Planning in the Government Environment Training Workshop XV

This event qualifies for .14 CEUs

This event qualifies for 14 CPEs

Catastrophic response, challenges, and immediate lessons learned


This July 2014 Continuity Training Workshop is the 15th Presentation of this very informative program consistently rated as "Excellent" by previous attendees - the Previous 14 times. (Material is Updated to Include the Latest Guidance from NIST, DHS and Administration Initiatives)


We are so confident in the quality of this COOP Workshop, that we offer a guarantee you will be pleased with the quality of the instruction and information presented to help your agency.  If not satisfied, we will give you a 100% refund of your registration fee.


In this time of government budget reductions, justifying each training event becomes more and more challenging. This Continuity Workshop has been presented 14 previous times and each time has been evaluated as "Excellent" by both government and industry attendees alike. The benefits gained from attending this Workshop will provide a significant return on time and dollar investment. The information presented, templates, lessons learned and presentations by our experienced instructors who know Continuity Planning both in the Commercial and Government sector will save your organization significant resource expenditures in both time and effort to help your agency improve and implement a more effective and compliant Continuity Program.


The recent government challenges with weather related closures, electrical outages, fires, and natural disasters reinforce the importance of having an executable Continuity Program.  Executives and managers who support COOP within their organization will be commended for their foresight. Those who do not support COOP will be evaluated appropriately when an emergency condition requires COOP Activation.


Can your agency afford to not have a practical, implementable and compliant Continuity Program regardless of its size?


Latest Information from DHS Lessons Learned from
Government COOP Exercises that include CAPSTONE and EAGLE HORIZON


Industry and Government Leaders Present Practical Solutions to Government Continuity of Operations Requirements.


Hear from industry experts and government managers leading Business Continuity Planning and Continuity of Operations Development. This Instructor Team presents practical, real-life solutions required to establish or improve a Continuity Program within your Federal, State, Local, Tribal, or Private Sector organization. The key to success in moving your COOP program forward is gaining the foothold within your organization’s culture and business processes. You will hear from Federal Agency Leadership about their development of a COOP Program that has been recognized by DHS as best practice. Learn about impacts of current events that drive Telework, Resilience, Reconstitution and other key response and recovery strategies.


Learn about the New COOP Requirements and what they mean for your organization. The Federal Government’s continuity requirements are currently being updated and this workshop will address the new developments and how it will impact your organization.  

The main focus of this year’s Federal Government CAPTONE and Eagle Horizon Exercise was executable COOP planning, Devolution of Operations and Reconstitution in support to Mission Essential Functions. This workshop will address all aspects of lessons learned and the direction forward that include best practices for coordinating devolution and reconstitution efforts within your Continuity Program. If your organization is in the grips of planning for devolution or in the heat of understanding and implementing a practical reconstitution strategy, this workshop is for you.


Learn how to Justify COOP Programs to Senior Management and Build Cooperation and Consensus at the “Front Line” levels. Instructors will simply and clearly answer the “what’s in it for me” question from the leadership level through, and right down to the individual implementers' level. This technique, though simple and easily tailored, is often the key to gain leadership’s buy-in and individual understanding of the complexities involving the many facets of COOP.  You will see a simple concept that will allow you to capture, catalog, measure and report on existing Continuity Implementations that already exist within your organization. 


Consider this Workshop

  • If you have a COOP Program that is just taking off
  • If you have an established COOP Program and want to become familiar with how the new federal guidance has changed in the as little as the last year
  • If you are new to the Federal COOP environment
  • If you are in top leadership and need to learn more about what you are “on the hook” for within COOP
  • If you have recently taken over an existing COOP Program and want to ensure that it is up to speed with the industry’s best practices

... then this is the session for you to deliver a practical and sustainable COOP Program that complies with government regulations, best practices and effective management.

Speaker and Presenter Information

Keynote Speaker: 
Damon Penn
Assistant Administrator, National Continuity Programs

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
Department of Homeland Security


Mr. Damon Penn began serving as the Assistant Administrator of the National Continuity Programs (NCP), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in September 2009, where he is responsible for ensuring the Executive Branch of government can function under all conditions. He is also responsible for refining continuity at all levels of government. Mr. Penn also deployed to Haiti as the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) task force leader for assistance to the survivors of the 2010 earthquake and served as FEMA’s Deputy Director of Operations for Hurricane Sandy in 2011. He joined NCP after retiring from the U.S. Army as a Colonel. His military career included senior staff positions, leadership of an advisory team in Iraq, and brigade and battalion commands.


Mr. Penn’s association with FEMA began in 2004 when he served as the Defense Coordinating Officer (DCO) for Florida. There he was part of the FEMA emergency response team, responsible for all Department of Defense (DoD) assets, providing millions of pounds of relief supplies and other forms of support to assist the Florida emergency management effort. He also served as the DCO the following year in support of Mississippi’s efforts during Hurricane Katrina.


Guest Speakers: 
Kelley Dempsey, CISSP

Computer Security Division


Kelley Dempsey began her career in IT in 1986 as an electronics technician repairing PCs and printers before moving on to system administration and network management in the early 90s. While with the Department of the Navy in 1999, she began focusing on information system security by training for and then conducting a large scale DITSCAP certification and accreditation from start to finish. In 2001, Kelley joined the NIST operational Information Security team, managing the NIST information system certification and accreditation program through September 2008. Kelley joined the NIST Computer Security Division FISMA team in October 2008 and has co-authored NIST SP 800-128 (Security-Focused Configuration Management) and NIST SP 800-137 (Information Security Continuous Monitoring - DRAFT) and was also a major contributor to NIST SPs 800-53 Rev 3, 800-37 Rev 1, 800-53A Rev 1, and 800-39. Kelley completed a B.S. degree in Management of Technical Operations from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, graduating cum laude in December 2003 and earned a CISSP certification in June 2004.


Dean Gallup

Lead COOP Associate

Booz Allen Hamilton


Mr. Gallup is a co-author of NIST SP800-34 Revision 1. He has over 25 years experience in management and operation of large-scale critical information systems and Disaster Recovery and Contingency Planning for both the public and private sector. He has IT management experience in 24/7 data center operations, including implementations, disaster recovery management and planning, IT COOP development, and risk and impact analyses for Federal and state agencies and military organizations. His experience includes over thirty years of emergency management training and operations in both the fire service and emergency medicine. Mr. Gallup is a Lead Associate with Booz Allen Hamilton, developing COOP, disaster recovery, continuity and contingency plans for federal and military agencies. Prior to that, Mr. Gallup worked for American Management Systems, managing the installation and implementation of the Virginia Tax computer system and development of their disaster recovery strategy. Mr. Gallup spent 17 years at the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services, serving as Manager of Computer Operations, and overseeing the implementation and operation of the Statewide Automated Fingerprint Identification System (SAFIS), one of the largest automated fingerprint systems in the world at the time.




Marko G. Bourne 

Principal, Booz Allen Hamilton
Former Director of Policy and Program Analysis, FEMA
Founding Director of DHS National Incident Management System Integration Center


Marko Bourne is the Principal at Booz Allen Hamilton leading the FEMA market team and is a member of the leadership of the Firm’s Homeland Security and Emergency Management and Response practice. He has more than 29 years of experience in emergency services.


Prior to joining BAH, Marko Bourne was the Director of Policy and Program Analysis for the Federal Emergency Management Agency from 2006 till January of 2009. He led the integration of the DHS Preparedness Directorate into FEMA and the FEMA re-organization effort to include the reorganization of National Continuity Programs, Preparedness, Training, Exercises and Planning.


Charles C. Ugalde


Technology, Consulting, and Integration Services (TCIS)



Charles Ugalde is a seasoned security executive leading the Unisys Technology, Consulting, and Integration Services (TCIS) security practice based in Blue Bell, Pennsylvania. 


As the Director of the Unisys Technology, Consulting, and Integration Services (TCIS) Security Practice, Mr. Ugalde has provided Governance, Risk, and Compliance, Cyber Security, Continuity of Operations (COOP), Disaster Recovery (DR), and Data Center transformation services for numerous City, State, and Federal Government agencies as well as many commercial enterprises.

Joe Douglas, ABCP
Director, Continuity of Operations Practice


Joe Douglas is the Director of the ICE ITS Continuity of Operations Practice based in Reston, Virginia.  He has planned and executed continuity efforts for DHS, Customs and Border Protection, US Coast Guard and Department of Justice.  He currently supports DHS Office of the Chief Information Officer Emergency Relocation Site planning and implementation team. 


Jean Lewis

Principal (Technology Capability)

Booz Allen Hamilton


Ms. Lewis, a Principal with Booz Allen Hamilton, has more than 25 years of professional experience applying specialized operations research to Mission Assurance, Enterprise Resiliency, and Information Technology related-problems including cyber security, risk management and analysis, network modeling and simulation, critical infrastructure protection, and decision support system planning and analysis.  She has led analytic teams in developing and applying risk-informed decision making frameworks leveraging systems-based analytics and portfolio optimization theory to improve the security, resiliency, and assurance of complex systems including the nation's critical infrastructures, supply chains, and government and commercial enterprises.  Ms Lewis currently leads Booz Allen’s Cyber Security initiatives and risk management business within Civil Agencies (e.g., OPM, GSA, Congress, NARA, USDA), and focuses on providing thought-leadership to capability building and strategic IC development initiatives; developing and maintaining intellectual capital for multiple client delivery platforms; hiring and developing staff capabilities; and overseeing project delivery on multi-million dollar contracts.  Ms Lewis holds a M.S degree in Operations Research from The George Washington University and a B.S in Industrial Engineering from Rutgers University.

Relevant Government Agencies

Air Force, Army, Navy & Marine Corps, Intelligence Agencies, DOD & Military, Office of the President (includes OMB), Dept of Agriculture, Dept of Commerce, Dept of Education, Dept of Energy, Dept of Health & Human Services, Dept of Homeland Security, Dept of Housing & Urban Development, Dept of the Interior, Dept of Justice, Dept of Labor, Dept of State, Dept of Transportation, Dept of Treasury, Dept of Veterans Affairs, EPA, GSA, USPS, SSA, NASA, Other Federal Agencies, Legislative Agencies (GAO, GPO, LOC, etc.), Judicial Branch Agencies, State Government, County Government, City Government, Municipal Government, CIA, FEMA, Office of Personnel Management, Coast Guard, National Institutes of Health, FAA, Census Bureau, USAID, National Guard Association

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Tue-Wed, Jul 29-30, 2014, 8:30am - 5:00pm


Government Employees:  $1195.00
Industry & Contractors:  $1295.00

Willard Intercontinental Hotel
1401 Pennsylvania Avenue N.W.
Washington, DC 20004
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