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1998-01-03 18:01:28


Critical Infrastructure: The Text of the Executive Order



The President's Commission on Critical Infrastructure Protection was set up as a result of President Clinton's July, 1996 executive order. This Commission oversees the protection of eight critical segments of the U.S. economy. You will find most of them as categories on this Web site. I created these categrories long before I learned of the Commission.

What is ironic is that this Commission is to be funded by the Department of Defense, which may be the least 2000-compliant of all government agencies.

The full text of the amended Executive Order 13010 is available by clicking the URL.

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Certain national infrastructures are so vital that their incapacity or destruction would have a debilitating impact on the defense or economic security of the United States. These critical infrastructures include telecommunications, electrical power systems, gas and oil storage and transportation, banking and finance, transportation, water supply systems, emergency services (including medical, police, fire, and rescue), and continuity of government. Threats to these critical infrastructures fall into two categories: physical threats to tangible property ("physical threats"), and threats of electronic, radio-frequency, or computer-based attacks on the information or communications components that control critical infrastructures ("cyber threats"). Because many of these critical infrastructures are owned and operated by the private sector, it is essential that the government and private sector work together to develop a strategy for protecting them and assuring their continued operation.

NOW, THEREFORE, by the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, it is hereby ordered as follows:

Section 1. Establishment. There is hereby established the President's Commission on Critical Infrastructure Protection ("Commission"). . . .

Sec. 4. mission. The Commission shall: (a) within 30 days of this order, produce a statement of its mission objectives, which will elaborate the general objectives set forth in this order, and a detailed schedule for addressing each mission objective, for approval by the Steering Committee;

   (b) identify and consult with: (i) elements of the public and private sectors that conduct, support, or contribute to infrastructure assurance; (ii) owners and operators of the critical infrastructures; and (iii) other elements of the public and private sectors, including the Congress, that have an interest in critical infrastructure assurance issues and that may have differing perspectives on these issues;

   (c) assess the scope and nature of the vulnerabilities of, and threats to, critical infrastructures;

   (d) determine what legal and policy issues are raised by efforts to protect critical infrastructures and assess how these issues should be addressed;

   (e) recommend a comprehensive national policy and implementation strategy for protecting critical infrastructures from physical and cyber threats and assuring their continued operation;

   (f) propose any statutory or regulatory changes necessary to effect its recommendations; and

   (g) produce reports and recommendations to the Steering Committee as they become available; it shall not limit itself to producing one final report. . . .

   (d) To the extent permitted by law, and subject to the availability of appropriations, the Department of Defense shall provide the Commission and the Advisory Committee with administrative services, staff, other support services, and such funds as may be necessary for the performance of its functions and shall reimburse the executive branch components that provide representatives to the Commission for the compensation of those representatives.


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