Legislative Hearing on H.R. 4210: Preparedness against Terrorism Act of 2000: Hearing before the Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings and Emergency Management of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, United States House of Representatives One Hundred Sixth Congress, May 4, 2000   [open pdf - 166KB]

The purpose of this hearing is to receive testimony on H.R. 4210, a bill to amend the Robert T. Stafford Act to update Title VI of the Act and to provide coordination for federal efforts with regard to preparedness against terrorist attacks in the United States. H.R. 4210, introduced by Mrs. Fowler and Mr. Traficant, amends the Stafford Act to reflect emerging threats from terrorism and cybertechnology. It also establishes an office within the Executive Office of the President (EOP) to coordinate government-wide efforts for improving domestic preparedness against terrorist attacks. The Office of Terrorism Preparedness (OTP) will be responsible for creating a national strategy for preparedness, which will eliminate duplication of efforts and define an end state for preparedness. The OTP will exercise limited budgetary authority over each agency's programs, basing funding decisions on accomplishing the goals of a defined national strategy. It will also assist state and local emergency responders in navigating the federal preparedness programs. Moreover, it will eradicate duplicative government functions and identify waste, fraud and abuse through oversight of the agencies it coordinates. This hearing contains GAO/T-NSIAD-00-172, "Combating Terrorism: Comments on Bill H.R.4210 to Manage Selected Counterterrorist Programs". Statements include those of the following: Gary Marrs, Stan McKinney, Ray Alfred, Charles Cragin and Norman J. Rabkin.

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