November 19, 2019
NERC's management team decided to delay Release 1, originally planned for the last quarter of 2019, and NERC's Board accepted the schedule change at its August Board meeting. The primary drivers for the delay are related to ensuring data security in light of the change of ownership of our software provider, refining and harmonizing compliance audit and investigation business processes across the Regional Entities, and addressing stakeholder concerns regarding evidence collection. These are important issues to be addressed and we are committed to addressing them fully and in a timely manner. While these issues are being addressed, the project team continues with its other scheduled activities, with the goal of launching Release 1 in 2020.
One of those issues involves the collection and securing of data and evidence. The Align project team met with Regions and stakeholders on October 15th in Atlanta to listen to stakeholders about their concerns. There was a follow-up meeting on November 4th with the Align Steering Committee to review the concerns and determine next steps ensure that data collection is consistent, and that any data collected is secured within Align and other systems. The outcome of these meetings will be communicated in the coming weeks.
The Align project team is still determining the exact Align Release 1 training schedule, which will include the addition of a separate, secure repository for evidence. When the final schedule is published, the Align project team will ensure that there is ample time to register for training.
For more information on the Align Release 1 deployment approach, please review our Align Release 1 FAQs
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