Moving Beyond the First Five Years: Ensuring FEMA's Ability to Respond and Recover in the Wake of a National Catastrophe, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Emergency Communications, Preparedness, and Response of the Committee on Homeland Security, House of Representatives, One Hundred Tenth Congress, Second Session, April 9, 2008 [open pdf - 209KB]
From the opening statement of Henry Cuellar. "The subcommittee is meeting today to receive testimony from the Department of Homeland Security, the Federal Emergency Management Agency on the status of the implementation on the FEMA reforms and to discuss FEMA's preparedness for the next disaster. Again, good morning, and, first of all, on behalf of the members of the subcommittee, let me welcome our witness. We are glad that you are here to give us an update on how FEMA has been doing on the FEMA reforms. […] As many people know, the Department of Homeland Security just passed the 5-year anniversary since its creation. Throughout the month of April, each homeland security subcommittee, as well as the full committee, is taking a look at the Department's vision for 2009 and beyond. While we want to acknowledge mistakes have been made by the Department over the past 5 years-FEMA has done some of that also-we certainly want to work with you all together to make sure that we learn from these mistakes. Certainly, I know that FEMA has done a good job in many of the areas, and we certainly want to recognize-I am one of those types of chairmen that I want to not only recognize the bad things but also recognize the good things that FEMA has been doing." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Henry Cuellar, Charles W. Dent, Harvey E. Johnson, and Bob Etheridge.
Serial No. 110-103
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