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Amendment No. 6600-96-2
Effective March 29, 1996
POSTING NOTICE. Amendments are numbered consecutively by title and calendar year. Post by document name. Remove entire document and replace with this amendment. Retain this transmittal as the first page of this document. The last amendment to this Title was Amendment 6600-96-1 to FSM 6600 Zero Code Contents.
This amendment supersedes Amendment 6600-95-2 to FSM 6600 Zero Code.
Superseded New

Document Name (Number of Pages)

6600 Zero Code 12 14
6607.7 - Adds exhibit 01, the National Plan for Information Systems Security in the Forest Service, formerly issued as a supplement to FSH 6609.32. The exhibit is issued separately as an interim directive.
6609.22 - Removes code for unit Handbook, FSH 6609.22, Computer Application Management (CAM) System User's Handbook.
6609.32 - Removes FSH 6609.32, ADP Security Manual (USDA; DM 3140-1) from the directive system. FSM 6607.1 contains direction on compliance with Department-wide requirements for information systems security in Departmental Regulation (DR) 3140-1 and Departmental Manual (DM) 3140-1. The National Plan for Information Systems Security in the Forest Service (formerly issued as a supplement to FSH 6609.32) now is issued as an interim directive to exhibit 01, FSM 6607.7.
Revises references to the former FSH 6609.32 throughout the FSM 6600 Zero Code chapter.
There are no substantive changes to direction in the rest of the chapter.



WO AMENDMENT 6600-96-2

This title establishes the policies, objectives, and responsibilities for systems management in the Forest Service. The management of systems activities must facilitate problem solving and decision-making for planning, operations, and control at all levels in the Forest Service.
6602 - OBJECTIVES. The objective in the management of Forest Service systems is to maximize the effectiveness and the efficiency of systems that support Agency mission and programs. This is done by carrying out a hierarchy of subordinate objectives which include:
1. Optimize systems effectiveness in supporting Forest Service Management and Operational requirements.
a. Involve management at all levels to ensure that systems provide information necessary for decision-making.
b. Involve management and program personnel at all levels to ensure development of systems that provide the operational support necessary for program accomplishment.
c. Manage, coordinate, review, and standardize systems activities to maximize benefits relative to costs.
2. Maximize productivity of human resources required for systems operations and development.
a. Foster an organizational environment that stimulates creativity, involvement, open communication, and career development within the systems area.
b. Provide training that develops and supports effective systems use and management.
c. Promote and encourage effective development of systems users, systems technicians, and systems professionals.
3. Develop systems to fulfill future Forest Service program requirements.
a. Guide development of systems consistent with Forest Service management philosophy, policy, and principles.
b. Maintain effective ties between systems and the Forest Service planning and management process.
c. Use cost-effective, state-of-the-art systems technology and facilities to maximize program support.
6603 - POLICY.
1. Systems Management. Each level of the organization is responsible for the management of systems activities as outlined in

FSM 6604.

2. Standards. Standards will be established to achieve efficiency, effectiveness, and/or compatibility for hardware, telecommunications, software, data bases, and other systems activities.
3. Line Officer Authority. Standards will be established to permit and encourage field line officers to exercise their authorities within an established framework.
4. Delegations. The responsibility for systems management will be delegated to the lower appropriate level.
5. Systems Management Process. A process will be used at each level for managing systems development and implementation. This process will provide for coordination across and between levels. Cost effectiveness of systems will be considered prior to, during, and after systems implementation (FSM 6621.1).
6. Systems Design. New systems design and development will consider and utilize appropriate related systems technologies.
7. Systems Evaluation. Systems will be validated and evaluated before full implementation and throughout the life of the system.
8. Mandatory Use. Development and implementation of mandatory systems will recognize the variety of local needs and system impacts.
9. Redundancy. Systems development and maintenance activities will be managed to minimize redundancy.
10. Coordination With Other Agencies. Coordinate with and make available to other agencies systems activities where appropriate. Use data and telecommunications systems of other agencies where appropriate. Use a Memorandum of Understanding to identify "shared" services (FSH 1509.11). Obtain approval from the Washington Office, Information Systems and Technology Staff, National Telecommunications Manager, prior to entering into formal discussion with USDA, Office of Information Resources Management, Agency Technical Services Division, which may financially obligate or commit the Forest Service to telecommunication services or resources.
6604 - RESPONSIBILITY. FSM 6604.1 through 6604.2 contain overall responsibilities for the various systems management activities. The relationships of these responsibilities and the roles of the various organizational levels are outlined in exhibits 01, 02, and 03. Other specific responsibilities are also contained in FSM 6604.1 through 6604.2.

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