"Foxx & Company audited the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA's) disaster acquisition workforce to assess its preparedness for catastrophic disasters. The audit objectives were to determine whether FEMA has an acquisition workforce strategic plan and effective policies for responding to such disasters. Additionally, the audit assessed the progress FEMA has made in preparing its acquisition workforce. The audit was conducted between January and May 2008. [...] FEMA has improved the capability of its acquisition workforce in a number of ways. For example, the acquisition organization has been reorganized and management and oversight improved, the number of acquisition staff has been greatly increased, and FEMA has increased training for its acquisition staff. While this is a good first step, FEMA does not have the necessary plans and policies, or the well-prepared acquisition workforce, that it needs to respond to disasters that result in extraordinary levels of casualties, damage, or disruptions. We recommend that the Director of FEMA's Office of Acquisition Management develop and implement a strategic acquisition workforce plan; coordinate with the other FEMA components and other federal acquisition organizations that have responsibilities to prepare for and respond to such disasters; develop and implement detailed acquisition workforce policies and procedures; complete a staffing analysis to determine the appropriate size of the Disaster Assistance Employee contracting cadre; develop a succession plan for FEMA's Office of Acquisition Management acquisition staff; initiate a formal mentoring program; design a rotation program for headquarters and regional office acquisition personnel to obtain disaster contracting experience; and provide training and guidance to the field office staff in conjunction with reassignment of contract administration responsibilities."
Department of Homeland Security, Office of Inspector General, Report No. OIG-09-11
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