National Emergency Management: Where Does FEMA Belong?: Hearing Before the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, United States Senate, One Hundred Ninth Congress, Second Session, June 8, 2006   [open pdf - 3MB]

This is the June 8, 2006 hearing on "National Emergency Management : Where Does FEMA Belong?" held before the U.S. Senate/House Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. From the opening statement of Thad Allen: "The Homeland Security Act and the Homeland Security Presidential Directives 5, 7, and 8 have created a role for the Secretary as the incident manager for the Federal Government. I believe that any move to take FEMA outside of the Department would erode the position of the Secretary as the incident manager and create some kind of peer competition that would create uncertainty and doubt when we need it the least, and that is in response to a major event. The second point I would make regarding FEMA's location inside the Department is the synergy that we are deriving by all working together as components within the Department of Homeland Security. The synergy between FEMA and the Coast Guard since we have joined together in the Department has been extraordinary. We have increased the number of operations and exercises we have conducted just in the 3 years the Department has been in existence by over 300 percent. We have expanded the mission assignments that we deal with for FEMA from three or four areas across one or two emergency support functions to 10 emergency support functions and 22 pre-scripted mission assignments." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Thad Allen, Michael Chertoff, John Harrald, and Donald Kettl.

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S. Hrg. 109-974; Senate Hearing 109-974; Serial No. 109-974
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