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 Collection: Congressional Research Service Reports
Critical Infrastructures: What Makes an Infrastructure Critical?

Critical Infrastructures: What Makes an Infrastructure Critical?

Date: August 30, 2002
Creator: Moteff, John D; Copeland, Claudia & Fischer, John W
Description: A fluid definition of what constitutes a critical infrastructure could complicate policymaking and actions. At the very least, a growing list of infrastructures in need of protection will require the federal government to prioritize its efforts. Essentially the federal government will have to try to minimize the impact on the nation’s critical infrastructure of any future terrorist attack, taking into account what those impacts might be and the likelihood of their occurring.
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Critical Infrastructures: What Makes an Infrastructure Critical?

Critical Infrastructures: What Makes an Infrastructure Critical?

Date: January 29, 2003
Creator: Moteff, John D; Copeland, Claudia & Fischer, John W
Description: A fluid definition of what constitutes a critical infrastructure could complicate policymaking and actions. At the very least, a growing list of infrastructures in need of protection will require the federal government to prioritize its efforts. Essentially the federal government will have to try to minimize the impact on the nation’s critical infrastructure of any future terrorist attack, taking into account what those impacts might be and the likelihood of their occurring.
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Vulnerability of Concentrated Critical Infrastructure: Background and Policy Options

Vulnerability of Concentrated Critical Infrastructure: Background and Policy Options

Date: January 26, 2007
Creator: Parfomak, Paul W
Description: None
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Vulnerability of Concentrated Critical Infrastructure: Background and Policy Options

Vulnerability of Concentrated Critical Infrastructure: Background and Policy Options

Date: December 21, 2005
Creator: Parfomak, Paul W
Description: None
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Homeland Security Act of 2002: Critical Infrastructure Information Act

Homeland Security Act of 2002: Critical Infrastructure Information Act

Date: February 28, 2003
Creator: Stevens, Gina Marie
Description: None
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Critical Infrastructure and Key Assets: Definition and Identification

Critical Infrastructure and Key Assets: Definition and Identification

Date: October 1, 2004
Creator: Moteff, John D & Parfomak, Paul W
Description: This report reviews the concept and definition of “critical infrastructure” as it has appeared in federal reports, legislation and regulation since the early 1980s. The report highlights the changes and expansion of that definition as the focus of public policy debates shifted from infrastructure adequacy to infrastructure protection. Finally the report summarizes current policy issues associated with critical infrastructure identification by federal agencies and the private sector. The report is intentionally limited to definitional issues and categorization of infrastructure.
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Homeland Security: Banking and Financial Infrastructure Continuity

Homeland Security: Banking and Financial Infrastructure Continuity

Date: December 10, 2004
Creator: Jackson, William D
Description: None
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Spinning the Web: The History and Infrastructure of the Internet

Spinning the Web: The History and Infrastructure of the Internet

Date: August 12, 1999
Creator: Tehan, Rita
Description: None
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Homeland Security: Banking and Financial Infrastructure Continuity

Homeland Security: Banking and Financial Infrastructure Continuity

Date: September 5, 2003
Creator: Jackson, William D
Description: None
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Critical Infrastructure Security: CRS Experts

Critical Infrastructure Security: CRS Experts

Date: January 7, 2010
Creator: Moteff, John D.
Description: This report contains a table which provides access to names and contact information for CRS experts on policy concerns relating to critical infrastructure security. Policy areas identified include: mission; security services; and specific sectors: assessing vulnerabilities, planning and implementation.
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Critical Infrastructure Resilience: The Evolution of Policy and Programs and Issues for Congress

Critical Infrastructure Resilience: The Evolution of Policy and Programs and Issues for Congress

Date: August 23, 2012
Creator: Moteff, John D.
Description: This report discusses the concept of resilience in the context of critical infrastructure and homeland security. It also identifies and discusses issues related to the evolution of policy and programs at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) that are meant to, or could, promote the resiliency of the nation's critical infrastructure. The purpose of the report is to aid Congress in its oversight of critical infrastructure programs and activities at DHS.
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Broadband Infrastructure Programs in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

Broadband Infrastructure Programs in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

Date: November 5, 2009
Creator: Kruger, Lennard G.
Description: This report provides an introduction to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) and discusses Broadband grants and loans funded by the ARRA.
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Government Activities to Protect the Electric Grid

Government Activities to Protect the Electric Grid

Date: October 20, 2004
Creator: Abel, Amy
Description: None
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Critical Infrastructures: A Primer

Critical Infrastructures: A Primer

Date: August 13, 1998
Creator: Moteff, John D
Description: The nation’s health, wealth, and security rely on the supply and distribution of certain goods and services. The array of physical assets, processes and organizations across which these goods and services move are called critical infrastructures. Computers and communications, themselves critical infrastructures, are increasingly tying these infrastructures together.
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Guarding America: Security Guards and U.S. Critical Infrastructure Protection

Guarding America: Security Guards and U.S. Critical Infrastructure Protection

Date: November 12, 2004
Creator: Parfomak, Paul W
Description: None
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Risk Management and Critical Infrastructure Protection: Assessing, Integrating, and Managing Threats, Vulnerabilities and Consequences

Risk Management and Critical Infrastructure Protection: Assessing, Integrating, and Managing Threats, Vulnerabilities and Consequences

Date: September 2, 2004
Creator: Moteff, John D
Description: None
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Government Activities to Protect the Electric Grid

Government Activities to Protect the Electric Grid

Date: December 20, 2004
Creator: Abel, Amy
Description: This report provides a description of initiatives within the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the Departments of Energy, Homeland Security, and Defense to protect the physical transmission infrastructure.
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Government Activities to Protect the Electric Grid

Government Activities to Protect the Electric Grid

Date: February 4, 2005
Creator: Abel, Amy
Description: This report provides a description of initiatives within the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the Departments of Energy, Homeland Security, and Defense to protect the physical electrical utility infrastructure from outages caused by a range of activities including system operator errors, weather-related damage, and terrorist attacks. While the electric utility industry has primary responsibility, federal and state government agencies also have been addressing physical security concerns.
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Federal Involvement in Flood Response and Flood Infrastructure Repair: Storm Sandy Recovery

Federal Involvement in Flood Response and Flood Infrastructure Repair: Storm Sandy Recovery

Date: October 31, 2012
Creator: Carter, Nicole T.
Description: Report regarding congressional efforts to structure federal actions and programs so they provide incentives to reduce flood risk without unduly infringing on private property rights or usurping local decision making.
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Electric Reliability: Options for Electric Transmission Infrastructure Improvements

Electric Reliability: Options for Electric Transmission Infrastructure Improvements

Date: December 23, 2004
Creator: Abel, Amy
Description: The electric utility industry is inherently capital intensive. At the same time, the industry must operate under a changing and sometimes unpredictable regulatory system at both the federal and state level. The Energy Policy Act of 2005 has set in place government activities intended to relieve congestion on the transmission system. Several factors have contributed to the lack of new transmission capacity; these are outlined within this report. This report also discusses earlier pieces of energy legislation.
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Electric Reliability: Options for Electric Transmission Infrastructure Improvements

Electric Reliability: Options for Electric Transmission Infrastructure Improvements

Date: September 20, 2006
Creator: Abel, Amy
Description: The electric utility industry is inherently capital intensive. At the same time, the industry must operate under a changing and sometimes unpredictable regulatory system at both the federal and state level. The Energy Policy Act of 2005 has set in place government activities intended to relieve congestion on the transmission system. Several factors have contributed to the lack of new transmission capacity; these are outlined within this report. This report also discusses earlier pieces of energy legislation.
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Electric Reliability: Options for Electric Transmission Infrastructure Improvements

Electric Reliability: Options for Electric Transmission Infrastructure Improvements

Date: September 20, 2006
Creator: Abel, Amy
Description: The electric utility industry is inherently capital intensive. At the same time, the industry must operate under a changing and sometimes unpredictable regulatory system at both the federal and state level. The Energy Policy Act of 2005 has set in place government activities intended to relieve congestion on the transmission system. Several factors have contributed to the lack of new transmission capacity; these are outlined within this report. This report also discusses earlier pieces of energy legislation.
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Electric Reliability: Options for Electric Transmission Infrastructure Improvements

Electric Reliability: Options for Electric Transmission Infrastructure Improvements

Date: December 23, 2004
Creator: Abel, Amy
Description: The electric utility industry is inherently capital intensive. At the same time, the industry must operate under a changing and sometimes unpredictable regulatory system at both the federal and state level. The Energy Policy Act of 2005 has set in place government activities intended to relieve congestion on the transmission system. Several factors have contributed to the lack of new transmission capacity; these are outlined within this report. This report also discusses earlier pieces of energy legislation.
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Safeguarding the Nation's Drinking Water: EPA and Congressional Actions

Safeguarding the Nation's Drinking Water: EPA and Congressional Actions

Date: August 22, 2002
Creator: Tiemann, Mary
Description: None
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