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RF Welcomes New Independent Board Directorshttps://rfirst.org/rf-welcomes-new-independent-board-directorsRF Welcomes New Independent Board Directors<p><font class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-1" color="#000000"><font class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-1" color="#000000">ReliabilityFirst (RF) is pleased to welcome Joanna Burkey and Courtney Geduldig to its Board of Directors. Burkey, Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) at HP, Inc., and Geduldig, Chief Public & Government Affairs Officer at S&P Global, will begin their Independent Director service at the upcoming ReliabilityFirst board meeting June 16-17.</font></font><font class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-1" color="#000000"> </font></p><p style="margin:0in 0in 8pt;"><font class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-1" color="#000000">“We are excited to welcome Joanna and Courtney to the Board,” said RF Board Chair, Simon Whitelocke. “Joanna’s impressive cybersecurity background and Courtney’s broad and deep government and policy experience bring additional expertise to the Board in two critical areas. This expertise combined with the unique perspectives they bring as dynamic and accomplished leaders in industries outside the utility sector will help RF continue to grow and improve as an organization, as well as achieve its mission of preserving and enhancing the reliability and security of the bulk power system.”</font></p><font class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-1" color="#000000"> </font><p style="margin:0in 0in 8pt;"><font class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-1" color="#000000">Burkey currently leads global cybersecurity efforts for HP, Inc. where she is responsible for the organization’s cybersecurity program, including IT infrastructure, technology platforms and business units. Burkey returned to HP in April 2020 after several years in Germany with Siemens AG where she was most recently the Global Head for Cyber Defense responsible for cybersecurity defense across IT/OT infrastructure, as well as products, solutions and services. She is a publicly recognized thought leader and speaker who is passionate about growing diversity throughout technology roles.</font></p><font class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-1" color="#000000"> </font><p style="margin:0in 0in 8pt;"><font class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-1" color="#000000">Geduldig currently leads Public Affairs as a strategic advisor for S&P Global, a global data, analytics and intelligence provider to the capital and commodities markets. She has led communications, public relations, media, corporate responsibility, and brand marketing for the company. She has served on the Enterprise Risk Management Committee and Chaired the S&P Global Foundation and the S&P Global PAC during her time with the company. As a former staffer for Senator Bob Corker, and previously a Bush appointee in the U.S. Treasury, Geduldig has spent significant time in the Executive and Legislative branches of the federal government.</font></p><font class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-1" color="#000000"> </font><p style="margin:0in 0in 8pt;"><font class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-1" color="#000000">The Carter Baldwin Executive Search firm, led by Chris Guiney, assisted RF in finding a diverse slate of senior executives from outside the utility industry to consider for these critical Independent Director roles.</font></p><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font>aspx0x010100C568DB52D9D0A14D9B2FDCC96666E9F2007948130EC3DB064584E219954237AF3900242457EFB8B24247815D688C526CD44D0093A70D41E916EA45B5172B8FDD4B3EFA00F578CE634144CA46817471FA34146B932021-05-20T04:00:00.0000000Z
NERC, ERO Extend Expanded Self-Logging and On-site Activity Deferment Through Q4 2021https://rfirst.org/nerc-ero-extend-expanded-self-logging-and-on-site-activity-deferment-through-q4-2021NERC, ERO Extend Expanded Self-Logging and On-site Activity Deferment Through Q4 2021<font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin:0in 0in 8pt;"><font class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-1" color="#000000">On May 10, 2021, the ERO released </font><a href="https://www.nerc.com/news/Pages/ERO-Enterprise-Issues-Extension-of-Self-Logging-Program-Expansion-and-Deferment-of-On-Site-Activities.aspx"><span class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-1" style="text-decoration:underline;"><font color="#0563c1">guidance</font></span></a><font class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-1" color="#000000"> that it is further extending expanded self-logging and on-site activity deferment until December 31, 2021. For additional guidance on the expanded self-logging process, please see our </font><a href="/reliabilityfirst-granted-additional-discretion-for-standards-impacted-by-covid-19"><span class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-1" style="text-decoration:underline;"><font color="#0563c1">prior announcement</font></span></a><font class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-1" color="#000000">. The expanded self-logging process was created to lighten the administrative burden of entities for noncompliances posing only a minimal or moderate risk and resulting from impacts related to COVID-19.</font></p><font class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-1" color="#000000"> </font><p style="margin:0in 0in 8pt;"><font class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-1" color="#000000">Thank you for your dedication to ensuring the health and safety of your employees and communities, as well as the continued reliability and security of the ReliabilityFirst Region.<br> <br> If you have other questions or concerns regarding the coronavirus outbreak that are not related to this regulatory discretion, please use the </font><a href="/Pages/Contact%20Us.aspx"><span class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-1" style="text-decoration:underline;"><font color="#0563c1">Contact Us</font></span></a><font class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-1" color="#000000"> page. Choose “COVID-19" as the Area and “Updates - COVID-19" as the Topic.</font></p><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font>aspx0x010100C568DB52D9D0A14D9B2FDCC96666E9F2007948130EC3DB064584E219954237AF3900242457EFB8B24247815D688C526CD44D0093A70D41E916EA45B5172B8FDD4B3EFA00F578CE634144CA46817471FA34146B932021-05-11T04:00:00.0000000Z
RF Director Larry Irving Elected to NERC Board of Directorshttps://rfirst.org/rf-director-larry-irving-elected-to-nerc-board-of-directorsRF Director Larry Irving Elected to NERC Board of Directors<p><span class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-1" id="ms-rterangepaste-start"></span><font class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-1" color="#000000"> <font class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-1" color="#000000">ReliabilityFirst (RF) is pleased to congratulate Larry Irving on being elected to the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) Board of Directors. To serve the industry in this new role, he will step down from his current position on RF’s Board of Directors.</font></font><font class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-1" color="#000000"> </font></p><p style="margin:0in 0in 8pt;"><font class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-1" color="#000000">Irving is one of the founding RF Directors having joined at the organization’s inception in 2006. His exemplary leadership and commitment to RF’s mission of ensuring a safe and reliable electric grid are appreciated by all who have the privilege of working with him. As a member of the NERC Board, the ERO Enterprise and industry overall will benefit further from Irving’s expertise and knowledge, and the RF team looks forward to continued collaboration with him.</font></p><font class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-1" color="#000000"> </font><p style="margin:0in 0in 8pt;"><font class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-1" color="#000000">“I can think of no higher praise to bestow on anyone than my thoughts about Larry: you are a better person after spending time with him,” said Tim Gallagher, RF president and CEO. “He is one of those very rare people who makes a positive and lasting impression on everyone he meets, and his leadership has been instrumental in making our organization what it is today. The entire RF team will miss him terribly, but we are so very humbled and proud to lose him to a great organization like NERC.”</font></p><font class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-1" color="#000000"> </font><p style="margin:0in 0in 8pt;"><font class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-1" color="#000000">Among his many impressive accomplishments, Irving was the first African-American inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame for his tireless efforts and groundbreaking research to address the digital divide – a term he is widely credited with coining. He continues his important advocacy work today and is a strong voice for students lacking the internet access needed for virtual education during the pandemic. </font></p><font class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-1" color="#000000"> </font><p style="margin:0in 0in 8pt;"><font class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-1" color="#000000">He is currently the president and CEO of the Irving Group, an international telecommunications and information technology consulting firm, and his career spans executive roles in the private sector, as well as government positions. Irving served as Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information and Administrator of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA). In addition to his work on domestic and international telecommunications and information technology issues, he was one of the principal architects and advocates of the Clinton Administration's successful efforts to reform US telecommunications laws, which resulted in passage of the Telecommunications Act of 1996.</font></p><font class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-1" color="#000000"> </font><p style="margin:0in 0in 8pt;"><font class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-1" color="#000000">Irving also serves on the boards of directors of Education Networks of America, the American Australian Council and the Texas Tribune. He is president of Northwestern University's Alumni Association and is a member of Northwestern's Board of Trustees. Additionally, he is a member of the Boards of Visitors of Northwestern's Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences and Stanford Law School.  </font></p><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font>aspx0x010100C568DB52D9D0A14D9B2FDCC96666E9F2007948130EC3DB064584E219954237AF3900242457EFB8B24247815D688C526CD44D0093A70D41E916EA45B5172B8FDD4B3EFA00F578CE634144CA46817471FA34146B932021-02-04T05:00:00.0000000Z
NERC, ERO Extend Expanded Self-Logging and On-site Activity Deferment Through Q2 2021https://rfirst.org/nerc-ero-extend-expanded-self-logging-and-on-site-activity-deferment-through-q2-2021NERC, ERO Extend Expanded Self-Logging and On-site Activity Deferment Through Q2 2021<font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin:0in 0in 8pt;"><font class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-1" color="#000000">On January 6, 2021, the ERO released </font><a href="https://www.nerc.com/news/Pages/ERO-Enterprise-Further-Extends-Self-Logging-Program-Expansion-and-Deferment-of-On-Site-Activities-Through-Mid-2021.aspx"><span class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-1" style="text-decoration:underline;"><font color="#0563c1">guidance</font></span></a><font class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-1" color="#000000"> that it is further extending expanded self-logging and on-site activity deferment until the end of Q2 2021. For additional guidance on the expanded self-logging process, please see our </font><a href="/reliabilityfirst-granted-additional-discretion-for-standards-impacted-by-covid-19"><span class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-1" style="text-decoration:underline;"><font color="#0563c1">prior announcement</font></span></a><font class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-1" color="#000000">. The expanded self-logging process was created to lighten the administrative burden of entities for noncompliances posing only a minimal or moderate risk and resulting from impacts related to COVID-19.</font></p><font class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-1" color="#000000"> </font><p style="margin:0in 0in 8pt;"><font class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-1" color="#000000">Thank you for your dedication to ensuring the health and safety of your employees and communities, as well as the continued reliability and security of the ReliabilityFirst Region. </font></p><p style="margin:0in 0in 8pt;"><font class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-1" color="#000000">If you have other questions or concerns regarding the coronavirus outbreak that are not related to this regulatory discretion, please use the </font><a href="/Pages/Contact%20Us.aspx"><span class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-1" style="text-decoration:underline;"><font color="#0563c1">Contact Us</font></span></a><font color="#000000" face="Arial" size="3"><span class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-1"> page. Choose “COVID-19" as the Area and “Updates - COVID-19" as the Topic</span>.</font></p><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font>aspx0x010100C568DB52D9D0A14D9B2FDCC96666E9F2007948130EC3DB064584E219954237AF3900242457EFB8B24247815D688C526CD44D0093A70D41E916EA45B5172B8FDD4B3EFA00F578CE634144CA46817471FA34146B932021-01-07T05:00:00.0000000Z
NERC, ERO Further Extend Expanded Self-Logging and On-site Activity Defermenthttps://rfirst.org/nerc-ero-further-extend-expanded-self-logging-and-on-site-activity-defermentNERC, ERO Further Extend Expanded Self-Logging and On-site Activity Deferment<font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin:0in 0in 8pt;"><font class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-1" color="#000000">On October 27, 2020, the ERO released </font><a href="https://www.nerc.com/news/Pages/ERO-Enterprise-Further-Extends-Self-Logging-Program-Expansion-and-Deferment-of-On-Site-Activities.aspx"><span class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-1" style="text-decoration:underline;"><font color="#0563c1">guidance</font></span></a><font class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-1" color="#000000"> that it is further extending expanded self-logging and on-site activity deferment until the end of Q1 2021. For additional guidance on the expanded self-logging process, please click </font><a href="/reliabilityfirst-granted-additional-discretion-for-standards-impacted-by-covid-19"><span class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-1" style="text-decoration:underline;"><font color="#0563c1">here</font></span></a><font class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-1" color="#000000"> for our prior announcement. The expanded self-logging process was created to lighten the administrative burden of entities for noncompliances posing only a minimal or moderate risk and resulting from impacts related to COVID-19.</font></p><font class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-1" color="#000000"> </font><p style="margin:0in 0in 8pt;"><font class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-1" color="#000000">Thank you for your dedication to ensuring the health and safety of your employees and communities, as well as the continued reliability and security of the ReliabilityFirst Region.</font></p><p style="margin:0in 0in 8pt;"><font class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-1" color="#000000"> If you have other questions or concerns regarding the coronavirus outbreak that are not related to this regulatory discretion, please use the </font><a href="/Pages/Contact%20Us.aspx"><span class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-1" style="text-decoration:underline;"><font color="#0563c1">Contact Us</font></span></a><font class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-1" color="#000000"> page. Choose “COVID-19" as the Area and “Updates - COVID-19" as the Topic.</font></p><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font>aspx0x010100C568DB52D9D0A14D9B2FDCC96666E9F2007948130EC3DB064584E219954237AF3900242457EFB8B24247815D688C526CD44D0093A70D41E916EA45B5172B8FDD4B3EFA00F578CE634144CA46817471FA34146B932020-11-19T05:00:00.0000000Z
FERC and NERC Issue Second Joint White Paper Regarding CIP Filingshttps://rfirst.org/ferc-and-nerc-issue-second-joint-white-paper-regarding-cip-filingsFERC and NERC Issue Second Joint White Paper Regarding CIP Filings<p>​</p><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin:0in 0in 8pt;"><span class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-1" style="line-height:107%;"><font color="#000000">Earlier this week, FERC and NERC released their </font></span><a href="https://www.ferc.gov/media/second-joint-staff-white-paper-notices-penalty-pertaining-violations-critical-infrastructure"><span class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-1" style="line-height:107%;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><font color="#0563c1">Second Joint Staff White Paper on Notices of Penalty Pertaining to Violations of Critical Infrastructure Protection Reliability Standards</font></span></span></a><span class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-1" style="line-height:107%;"><font color="#000000"> </font><span style="color:black;">(the Second White Paper). </span></span></p><font class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-1" color="#000000"> </font><p style="margin:0in 0in 8pt;"><span class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-1" style="line-height:107%;"><font color="#000000">In the Second White Paper, FERC and NERC announced that for CIP noncompliance, “going forward, NERC will request that the entire filing or submittal be treated as CEII and Commission staff will designate such filings and submittals as CEII in their entirety.” Additionally, they explained that because of the risk posed by disclosing CIP noncompliance information, NERC will no longer publicly post redacted versions of the CIP noncompliance filings or submittals.</font></span></p><font class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-1" color="#000000"> </font><p style="margin:0in 0in 8pt;"><span class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-1" style="line-height:107%;"><font color="#000000">The Second White Paper reflects the priority for protection of cybersecurity information as it relates to grid security. If Registered Entities have questions regarding enforcement activities, please reach out to your Enforcement Case Manager. </font></span></p><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font>aspx0x010100C568DB52D9D0A14D9B2FDCC96666E9F2007948130EC3DB064584E219954237AF3900242457EFB8B24247815D688C526CD44D0093A70D41E916EA45B5172B8FDD4B3EFA00F578CE634144CA46817471FA34146B932020-09-25T04:00:00.0000000Z
NERC, ERO Extend Expanded Self-Logging and On-site Activity Deferment Related to COVID-19https://rfirst.org/nerc-ero-extend-expanded-self-logging-and-on-site-activity-deferment-related-to-covid-19NERC, ERO Extend Expanded Self-Logging and On-site Activity Deferment Related to COVID-19<font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin:0in 0in 0pt;line-height:normal;"><span class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-1" style="color:black;">On August 13, 2020, the ERO </span><a href="https://www.nerc.com/news/Pages/ERO-Enterprise-Extends-Self-Logging-Program-Expansion-and-Deferment-of-On-Site-Activities.aspx"><span class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-1" style="color:#0563c1;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">released guidance</span></span></a><span class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-1" style="color:black;"> that it is extending expanded self-logging and on-site activity deferment through December 31, 2020. For additional guidance on the expanded self-logging process, please click </span><a href="/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?WebId=b281c2d9-f380-47b4-b94a-7080875569e4&TermSetId=75f9c71e-f54d-4241-91d4-831fbfe27f59&TermId=b6c32ada-2bb8-4393-a653-a8ac23231d25"><span class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-1" style="color:#0563c1;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">here</span></span></a><span class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-1" style="color:black;">, and for on-site activity deferment, click </span><a href="https://www.nerc.com/news/Pages/ERO-Enterprise-Opts-to-Extend-On-Site-Activity-Deferral.aspx"><span class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-1" style="color:#0563c1;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">here</span></span></a><span class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-1" style="color:black;">. The expanded self-logging process was created to lighten the administrative burden of entities for noncompliances posing only a minimal or moderate risk and resulting from impacts related to COVID-19. </span></p><font class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-1" color="#000000"> </font><p style="margin:0in 0in 0pt;line-height:normal;"><span class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-1" style="color:black;"> </span></p><font class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-1" color="#000000"> </font><p style="margin:0in 0in 7.5pt;line-height:normal;"><span class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-1" style="color:#333333;">Thank you for your dedication to ensuring the health and safety of your employees and communities, as well as the continued reliability and security of the ReliabilityFirst Region.<br> <br> If you have other questions or concerns regarding the coronavirus outbreak that are not related to this regulatory discretion, please use the </span><a href="/Pages/Contact%20Us.aspx"><span class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-1"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><font color="#0563c1">Contact Us</font></span></span></a><span class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-1" style="color:#333333;"> page. Choose “COVID-19" as the Area and “Updates - COVID-19" as the Topic.</span></p><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font>aspx0x010100C568DB52D9D0A14D9B2FDCC96666E9F2007948130EC3DB064584E219954237AF3900242457EFB8B24247815D688C526CD44D0093A70D41E916EA45B5172B8FDD4B3EFA00F578CE634144CA46817471FA34146B932020-08-17T04:00:00.0000000Z
ReliabilityFirst Granted Additional Discretion for Standards Impacted by COVID-19 https://rfirst.org/reliabilityfirst-granted-additional-discretion-for-standards-impacted-by-covid-19ReliabilityFirst Granted Additional Discretion for Standards Impacted by COVID-19 <p><span class="ms-rteFontSize-1">The ERO Enterprise (i.e., North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) and the Regional Entities) announced an expansion of regulatory discretion related to coronavirus impacts. More specifically, the ERO Enterprise is implementing a temporary expansion of Self-Logging to allow </span><strong class="ms-rteFontSize-1">all </strong><span class="ms-rteFontSize-1">registered entities to self-log instances of potential noncompliance related to coronavirus impacts. (</span><a href="https://www.nerc.com/news/Pages/ERO-Enterprise-Releases-New-Guidance-Temporarily-Expanding-Self-Logging-Program-Due-to-Coronavirus-Impacts.aspx"><span class="ms-rteFontSize-1" style="text-decoration:underline;">See Full Announcement</span></a><span class="ms-rteFontSize-1" style="text-decoration:underline;">.</span><span class="ms-rteFontSize-1">) This is limited to noncompliance posing only minimal and moderate risk and excludes noncompliance posing serious risk. </span></p><p><span class="ms-rteFontSize-1">Under this temporary expansion of the Self-Logging Program, potential noncompliance related to coronavirus impacts and logged in accordance with the guidance is expected to be resolved without further action. All registered entities are encouraged to review NERC's </span><a href="https://www.nerc.com/pa/comp/CAOneStopShop/ERO%20Enterprise%20Guidance%20Potential%20Noncompliance%20Related%20to%20Coronavirus%20Impacts.pdf"><span class="ms-rteFontSize-1" style="text-decoration:underline;">comprehensive guidance document</span></a><span class="ms-rteFontSize-1"> for the additional discretion. This expansion does not constitute an admission to the Self-Logging Program and expires on September 30, 2020. </span></p><p><span class="ms-rteFontSize-1">The announcement is an expansion of the regulatory discretion provided on March 18, 2020, relating to personnel certification and periodic requirements, which can be viewed </span><a href="/regulatory-discretion-for-covid-19-impacts"><span class="ms-rteFontSize-1" style="text-decoration:underline;">here</span></a><span class="ms-rteFontSize-1">. NERC is maintaining an </span><a href="https://www.nerc.com/pa/comp/CAOneStopShop/COVID19_ORC_CMEP%20FAQs_Posted.xlsx"><span class="ms-rteFontSize-1" style="text-decoration:underline;">FAQ document</span></a><span class="ms-rteFontSize-1"> addressing industry questions on the guidance on the </span><a href="https://www.nerc.com/pa/comp/Pages/CAOneStopShop.aspx"><span class="ms-rteFontSize-1" style="text-decoration:underline;">CMEP One-Stop Shop</span></a><span class="ms-rteFontSize-1">. FERC also approved NERC's motion to </span><a href="https://www.nerc.com/news/Pages/NERC-Files-Motion-to-Defer-Implementation-of-Seven-Reliability-Standards-Due-to-COVID-19.aspx"><span class="ms-rteFontSize-1" style="text-decoration:underline;">defer the implementation of seven Reliability Standards</span></a><span class="ms-rteFontSize-1"> with effective dates or phased-in implementation dates in the second half of 2020 to help assure grid reliability amid the impacts posed by the coronavirus outbreak. Finally, the ERO Enterprise postponed on-site audits and other on-site activities through September 7, 2020.</span></p><p><strong class="ms-rteFontSize-1">Entity Instructions</strong></p><p><span class="ms-rteFontSize-1">In a case of a noncompliance relating to entities' COVID-19 response, the entity should reach out to their enforcement case manager at ReliabilityFirst (RF) to discuss how to securely submit Self-Logged noncompliance(s). If an entity is not aware of who their case manager is, please contact RF using the </span><a href="/Pages/Contact%20Us.aspx"><span class="ms-rteFontSize-1" style="text-decoration:underline;">Contact Us Page</span></a><span class="ms-rteFontSize-1">, and your case manager will reach out to you.</span></p><p><span class="ms-rteFontSize-1">After you have connected with your case manager, please submit your entity's COVID-19 Self-Log by downloading a copy of the </span><a href="https://www.nerc.com/pa/comp/CAOneStopShop/COVID_Logging%20Spreadsheet%20-Template.xlsx"><span class="ms-rteFontSize-1" style="text-decoration:underline;">spreadsheet log template</span></a><span class="ms-rteFontSize-1"> posted on the NERC website. This should be accomplished in accordance with the guidance below. </span></p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li><span class="ms-rteFontSize-1">Include the following required information in the log template submission:</span></li><ul style="list-style-type:square;"><li><span class="ms-rteFontSize-1">Entity name, NCR, and entity contact information;</span></li><li><span class="ms-rteFontSize-1">Applicable Region;</span></li><li><span class="ms-rteFontSize-1">Affected functions;</span></li><li><span class="ms-rteFontSize-1">Date the potential noncompliance was submitted to the Regional Entity;</span></li><li><span class="ms-rteFontSize-1">Specific Standard and Requirement at issue; </span></li><li><span class="ms-rteFontSize-1">Description of the potential noncompliance, including the circumstances relating to the impact of the Coronavirus response the entity employed, that will (has) prevent(ed) maintaining or achieving compliance; </span></li><li><span class="ms-rteFontSize-1">Date the potential noncompliance was discovered;</span></li><li><span class="ms-rteFontSize-1">Date the potential noncompliance began or will begin;</span></li><li><span class="ms-rteFontSize-1">Anticipated date the potential noncompliance will be resolved and compliance will be achieved;</span></li><li><span class="ms-rteFontSize-1">Description of the potential harm not being compliant could cause to the bulk power system;</span></li><li><span class="ms-rteFontSize-1">Actions taken, or to be taken, to get back into compliance; and</span></li><li><span class="ms-rteFontSize-1">Actions taken to mitigate any risk associated with the potential noncompliance until compliance can be achieved and the anticipated completion dates for such actions.  </span></li></ul></ul><p><span class="ms-rteFontSize-1">Thank you for your dedication to ensuring the health and safety of your employees, your communities, and the continued reliability and security of the RF Region.<br> <br>If you have other questions or concerns regarding the coronavirus outbreak that are not related to this regulatory discretion, please use the Contact Us page. Choose “COVID-19" as the Area and “Updates - COVID-19" as the Topic.</span></p>aspx0x010100C568DB52D9D0A14D9B2FDCC96666E9F2007948130EC3DB064584E219954237AF3900242457EFB8B24247815D688C526CD44D0093A70D41E916EA45B5172B8FDD4B3EFA00F578CE634144CA46817471FA34146B932020-05-31T04:00:00.0000000Z
Align Registered Entity Newsletterhttps://rfirst.org/align-registered-entity-newsletter-(2)Align Registered Entity Newsletter<p>​</p><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin:0in 0in 0pt;"><span class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-1"><font color="#000000">ReliabilityFirst is happy to share the latest <strong>Align Registered Entity Newsletter </strong>(click <a href="/about/Align%20Library/2020%20May%20Align%20Registered%20Entity%20Newsletter.pdf"><span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-6-0">here</span></a> to read). This issue provides information on the ERO Enterprise Secure Evidence Locker (SEL), Registered Entity testing of the Align Tool, an update on the development of training materials, and an Align FAQs link. Please contact ReliabilityFirst Align project change agent, </font><a href="mailto:ray.sefchik@rfirst.org"><font class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-1 ms-rteThemeForeColor-6-0">Ray Sefchik</font></a><font color="#000000"> with any questions.</font></span></p><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font>aspx0x010100C568DB52D9D0A14D9B2FDCC96666E9F2007948130EC3DB064584E219954237AF3900242457EFB8B24247815D688C526CD44D0093A70D41E916EA45B5172B8FDD4B3EFA00F578CE634144CA46817471FA34146B932020-05-19T04:00:00.0000000Z
ReliabilityFirst Welcomes Niki Schaefer as VP & General Counselhttps://rfirst.org/reliabilityfirst-welcomes-niki-schaefer-as-vp-general-counselReliabilityFirst Welcomes Niki Schaefer as VP & General Counsel<span class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-1" id="ms-rterangepaste-start"></span><font class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-1" color="#000000"> </font><p style="margin:0in 0in 8pt;"><font class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-1" color="#000000">ReliabilityFirst (RF) is pleased to welcome Niki Schaefer back to the organization. As vice president and general counsel for RF, Schaefer is responsible for ensuring the Compliance Monitoring and Enforcement Program (CMEP) functions are effectively executed for electric utilities in the 13 states and Washington, D.C. that make up the RF footprint. In this role, she leads the Legal, Enforcement and Compliance Monitoring teams. </font></p><font class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-1" color="#000000"> </font><p style="margin:0in 0in 8pt;"><font class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-1" color="#000000">“Niki’s extensive background in helping shape strategic objectives and policies, as well as managing high-performing teams, make her uniquely positioned to significantly contribute to RF’s mission of preserving and enhancing the reliability and security of the bulk power system,” said Tim Gallagher, RF president and CEO. “Those who had the pleasure of working with Niki during her previous time at RF understand why we are so thrilled to welcome her back to the team.”</font></p><font class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-1" color="#000000"> </font><p style="margin:0in 0in 8pt;"><font class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-1" color="#000000">As part of RF’s ongoing efforts to serve entities and stakeholders more effectively, Rob Eckenrod will take on the new role of vice president, entity engagement and corporate services. “Rob has been an outstanding addition to the RF team, and this new role marries his comprehensive experience on ‘the other side of the table’ with the knowledge he’s gained as a key leader at RF this past year to deliver proactive solutions to our industry partners,” said Gallagher. “We recognize that COVID-19 has created challenging times for everyone but the organizational changes better position RF to meet the needs of our constituents, and given our history with both Rob and Niki, we have every confidence in their ability to help lead us through it.”</font></p><font class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-1" color="#000000"> </font><p style="margin:0in 0in 8pt;"><font class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-1" color="#000000">Schaefer returns to RF from Eaton Corporation where she served as counsel to senior leadership teams across multiple business units within Eaton’s electrical sector supporting more than $2 billion in revenue. Prior to Eaton, she was the managing enforcement counsel at RF and directed the teams responsible for carrying out enforcement of electric reliability regulations. Before working in the electric industry, she was a trial lawyer for a large Cleveland law firm litigating commercial and personal injury cases in State and Federal Courts across the country. </font></p><font class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-1" color="#000000"> </font><p style="margin:0in 0in 8pt;"><font class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-1" color="#000000">Schaefer received her B.A. in American Studies from Cornell University, and graduated cum laude from CWRU School of Law where she received an academic scholarship. In addition to earning multiple professional awards – most recently being named to the 2020 Super Lawyers list by Cleveland Jewish News – Schaefer is very active in the Cleveland community through volunteer work for University Hospitals Partnership for Families and the American Heart Association. She is also a member of the Board of Directors of The Gathering Place, a non-profit that provides free therapeutic services to people with cancer and their loved ones.</font></p><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font>aspx0x010100C568DB52D9D0A14D9B2FDCC96666E9F2007948130EC3DB064584E219954237AF3900242457EFB8B24247815D688C526CD44D0093A70D41E916EA45B5172B8FDD4B3EFA00F578CE634144CA46817471FA34146B932020-04-28T04:00:00.0000000Z

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