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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the federal government's plans and policies for meeting major disruptions in the supply of electricity, focusing on: (1) the Department of Energy's (DOE) inclusion of other federal, state, local, and utility organizations in preparedness planning; (2) whether federal agencies have sufficient statutory authority to respond to major electrical disruptions; and (3) emergency plans' incorporation of restoration priorities and measures to help ensure adequate electrical equipment supplies.

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