Shawn Reese, National Security and Emergency Preparedness Communications: A Summary of Executive Order 13618 (CRS Report R42740) (Sept. 12, 2012) (full-text).
On July 6, 2012, President Barrack Obama issued Executive Order 13618, which addresses the federal government's need and responsibility to communicate during national security and emergency situations and crises by assigning federal national security and emergency preparedness communications functions. Executive Order 13618 is a continuation of older executive orders issued by other presidents and is related to the Communications Act of 1934.
This executive order, however, changes federal national security and emergency preparedness communications functions by dissolving the National Communications System, establishing an executive committee to oversee federal national security and emergency preparedness communications functions, establishing a programs office within the Department of Homeland Security to assist the executive committee, and assigning specific responsibilities to federal government entities.
This report provides a summary of Executive Order 13618 provisions, and a brief discussion of its salient points.
- Section 706 of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended by 47 U.S.C. §606, authorizes the President, among other things, to address national security and emergency preparedness (NS/EP) telecommunications issues and assign federal department, agency, and entity NS/EP telecommunications responsibilities.