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Executive Guide to ADP Contingency Planning



James K. Shaw, Stuart W. Katzke


This document provides, in the form of questions and answers, the background and basic essential information required to understand the developmental process for Automatic Data Processing (ADP) contingency plans. The primary intended audience consists of executives and managers who depend on ADP resources and services, yet may not be directly responsible for the daily management or supervision of data processing activities or facilities. The publication should also be especially beneficial to individuals responsible for ensuring compliance with Office of Management and Budget Circular A-71, Transmittal Memorandum Number 1, July 27, 1978.
Special Publication (NIST SP) - 500-85
Report Number


ADP security, backup operations, computer security, contingency planning, emergency response, Federal Information Processing Standards Publication, recovery actions


Shaw, J. and Katzke, S. (1982), Executive Guide to ADP Contingency Planning, Special Publication (NIST SP), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, [online], (Accessed June 23, 2024)


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Created December 31, 1981, Updated October 12, 2021