"A fundamental objective of the National Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) Program is to identify and protect infrastructures deemed most 'critical' in terms of their potential affects on national-level public health and safety, governance, economic and national security, and public confidence. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recognizes that such protection requires the cooperation and essential collaboration of federal departments and agencies, state, local, and tribal governments, and the private sector. DHS issued initial Guidance for Developing Sector-specific Plans (SSPs) as Input to the National Infrastructure Protection Plan (NIPP) to Sector-Specific Agencies (SSAs) in April 2004 that was the basis for the draft SSPs that were delivered to DHS in September 2004. The content of these SSPs was evaluated against the Guidance and letters were issued to each SSA that detailed areas for improvement in the SSPs. The SSAs subsequently responded with their planned approach for addressing areas for improvement. This template and guidance provides SSAs with additional information on what DHS expects that all SSPs should contain to ensure consistency and effective integration with the National CIP Program. This includes roles and responsibilities, new content, added emphasis on current SSP content, and updates to current content based on an evolution of the NIPP Risk Management Framework."