The interagency Continuity of Operations Planners are . . .

a standing committee of continuity professionals established to promote the coordination of comprehensive and effective continuity activities across state agencies and to advise the Office of the Governor on issues of state government continuity. .

Establishment and Authority
Governor Christine Gregoire established the iCOOP Committee on October 15, 2012 through Governor's Directive 12-20, Continuity of Government Operations Preparation. The directive sets forth the policy framework for continuity activities within state government and directs the formalization of an interagency continuity of operations committee to coordinate and guide the implementation of continuity activities across state agencies. The iCOOP Committee carries on the work of the informal Interagency Continuity of Operations Work Group which began in 2007.

Goals & Objectives
The overarching goals and objectives of the iCOOP Committee are to:
a) Improve the ability of state government to continue to provide essential functions and services under all conditions.
b) Define, identify, review, and prioritize state government essential functions and services.
c) Identify, review, and prioritize information technology systems, services, and requirements that support the essential functions identified in (b).
d) Build a shared understanding across state agencies of continuity activities, concepts, terms, and requirements.
e) Enhance the coordination of continuity activities between state agencies.
f) Map interdependencies between state agency continuity of operations plans and ensure compatible planning assumptions.
g) Provide a mechanism to share professional continuity recommendations and subject matter expertise with state government leadership and other stakeholders, including the Office of the Governor.