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[121 STAT. 368]
[121 STAT. 368]
PUBLIC LAW 110-000—MMMM. DD, 2007

121 STAT. 368

‘‘(II) by any sector-specific agency, as defined under Homeland Security Presidential Directive– 7; and ‘‘(ii) coordinate the program, as appropriate, with— ‘‘(I) other Department private sector related programs; and ‘‘(II) preparedness and business continuity programs in other Federal agencies. ‘‘(3) ACCREDITATION AND CERTIFICATION PROCESSES.— ‘‘(A) AGREEMENT.— ‘‘(i) IN GENERAL.—Not later than 210 days after the date of enactment of the Implementing Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Act of 2007, the designated officer shall enter into one or more agreements with a highly qualified nongovernmental entity with experience or expertise in coordinating and facilitating the development and use of voluntary consensus standards and in managing or implementing accreditation and certification programs for voluntary consensus standards, or a similarly qualified private sector entity, to carry out accreditations and oversee the certification process under this subsection. An entity entering into an agreement with the designated officer under this clause (hereinafter referred to in this section as a ‘selected entity’) shall not perform certifications under this subsection. ‘‘(ii) CONTENTS.—A selected entity shall manage the accreditation process and oversee the certification process in accordance with the program established under this subsection and accredit qualified third parties to carry out the certification program established under this subsection. ‘‘(B) PROCEDURES AND REQUIREMENTS FOR ACCREDITATION AND CERTIFICATION.— ‘‘(i) IN GENERAL.—Any selected entity shall collaborate to develop procedures and requirements for the accreditation and certification processes under this subsection, in accordance with the program established under this subsection and guidelines developed under paragraph (2)(A)(ii). ‘‘(ii) CONTENTS AND USE.—The procedures and requirements developed under clause (i) shall— ‘‘(I) ensure reasonable uniformity in any accreditation and certification processes if there is more than one selected entity; and ‘‘(II) be used by any selected entity in conducting accreditations and overseeing the certification process under this subsection. ‘‘(iii) DISAGREEMENT.—Any disagreement among selected entities in developing procedures under clause (i) shall be resolved by the designated officer. ‘‘(C) DESIGNATION.—A selected entity may accredit any qualified third party to carry out the certification process under this subsection. ‘‘(D) DISADVANTAGED BUSINESS INVOLVEMENT.—In accrediting qualified third parties to carry out the certification process under this subsection, a selected entity shall

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