While flying home after wrapping up DRJ’s 40th conference in Orlando, I started to realize how much our business landscape has changed in just one short year. Most evident in my travel is the availability of flights and the lower crowds seen in the airports. But like most businesses, adjustments are being made in the airline industry to ensure survival through lean times. This means less flight options, but more filled planes. I also recently read an AP article discussing how most organizations are sharpening their pencils to ensure cutting employees is the last option. This was certainly a positive story in light of the never-ending news of layoffs. "Appeared in DRJ's Spring 2009 Issue"
Note: A Special Thank you DRJ's Editorial Advisory Board for their incredible efforts to identify and compile this information.
*UPDATED - March, 2013
Rules & Regulations … The Source - Updated and Improved
By Martin Myers, MBCP
Thank you, our readers. This is one of the most popular features on the DRJ website. Our list of Rules & Regulations have grown and improved over the years with the help of our reader. We receive emails with new items to include and thoughts of how to make our list more useful. Therefore our success must include acknowledgement that this has been a community project. You may have noticed, that is, if you are a regular visitor to our page that the Rules & Regulations Committee of the DRJ’s Editorial Advisory Board work to have our list updated every six months. This is to coincide with the each of the semi-annual DRJ conferences.
From humble beginnings we have grown. This data base started as a shared list, compiled from several Business Continuity professionals sharing between one another. The thought was that if we shared with a broader BC community, we could build a list useful for one and all in the BC world. The DRJ has provided us that venue and capability.
To maintain this data base of Rules & Regulations, the committee members meet and divide the list for each member to review in detail prior to updating and republishing. Over the years we have made improvements.
To name a few:
- With each update we change the color scheme to clearly indicate the new edition of spreadsheet.
- Created a list of acronyms in their own worksheet.
- Removed obsolete rules and regulations to a separate worksheet.
- For those who like numbers, we have a worksheet with summary statistics.
- Adjusted the headings to be more viewable on hand held devices such as smart phones.
- Eliminated several redundant columns and incorporated their information into the ‘Notes/Comments’ column.
We recognize that this list will always be growing as contributions are made, and those contributions are a vital part of the usefulness of tool.
The DRJ Rules & Regulations data base is intended to provide each of us a singular resource where we can go to and find the most complete and comprehensive list or BC-related rules and regulations. This can only be accomplished with you help. If you find a new regulation, please send it to us. Should you think of a way to enhance this tool, please let us know.
Download the Spreadsheet (MS Excel)
Note: If a network or firewall issue prevents you from downloading the Spreadsheet please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Acknowledgements 2013 DRJ EAB Rules & Regulations Working Committee: Co-chairs were Martin Myers (Hewlett-Packard Company), and Anna Bathon (Bank of America). Committee members include Roswitha Firth (Independent Consultant), Colleen Huber (Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation), Milen Kutev (British Columbia Automobile Association), Dave Shimberg (Forsythe Solutions Group), Sue Simpson (Independent Consultant), and Lisa Smallwood (Hewlett-Packard Company).
Martin Myers, MS, MBCP, CERT, is an IT Continuity Consultant at Hewlett-Packard Company. He has more than 25 years of experience in developing and evaluating disaster recovery and business continuity plans including emergency preparedness and response, and crisis management for prominent domestic and international companies. Some of the companies he has worked for include Bank of America, CapitalOne, KPMG, and SAIC. His work has taken him throughout the U.S., and to Canada, Bermuda, Panama, Costa Rica, Ireland, the United Kingdom, and South Korea. Mr. Myers is a former President of the DRJ Editorial Advisory Board.