Memorandum of Understanding Among the Interagency Modeling and Atmospheric Assessment Center of the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Defense, Department of Energy, Environmental Protection Agency, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, December 15, 2004   [open pdf - 2MB]

"This Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) is entered into, by, and among the following agencies and departments of the United States Government that are designated Parties for the purpose of this MOU: 1. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) 2. Department of Commerce (DOC), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) 3. Department of Defense (DoD) 4. Department of Energy (DOE) 5. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) 6. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) 7. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) [...] This MOU is entered into by DHS pursuant to Section 101(b)(1) of the Homeland Security Act of 2002, Public Law 107-296, which charges the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security with the responsibility for coordinating Federal operations within the United States to prepare for, respond to, and recover from terrorist attacks, major disasters and other emergencies. Homeland Security Presidential Directive #5 (HSPD-5) assigns the Secretary the role of principal Federal official for domestic incident management. [...]. Consistent with approval and direction by the Homeland Security Council, this MOU codifies the roles and responsibilities of participating Federal departments and agencies with respect to support for and usage of the Interagency Modeling and Atmospheric Assessment Center (IMAAC). The goal of the IMAAC is to enhance the national scientific capability through robust scientific cooperation among Federal agencies that incorporates the best practices from Federal programs and non-Federal programs. The goal of the IMAAC is to improve Federal modeling and assessment capabilities."

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