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IS-551: Devolution Planning

This course is currently being reviewed and revised to incorporate recent changes to Federal Continuity Directives 1 and 2 (FCD-1 & 2) and Continuity Guidance Circulars 1 and 2 (CGC 1 & 2). This course will remain available for completion until the revised course is implemented.

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Course Overview

This course is designed to provide you with the tools and practical knowledge necessary to develop your organization’s devolution plans and procedures.

Course Objectives:

Upon completing this course, the participant will be able to:

  1. Identify the conditions under which devolution would be appropriate for your organization.
  2. Describe the activation protocols for devolution.
  3. Tailor the devolution template to meet your organizations needs.
  4. Identify special considerations for devolution planning.

Primary Audience

Government continuity managers and planners.


IS-546a, IS-547a, and IS-548



Course Length:

2 hours
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  • Test questions are scrambled to protect test integrity
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