"The Federal Emergency Management Agency was created in 1979 under authority of the Reorganization Act. Reorganization startup problems--such as delays in obtaining key agency officials, lack of office space, and insufficient staffing--troubled the new agency during the initial years of its existence. By 1981, management systems still had not been established to integrate top management, program office, and regional office operations. The FEMA Director was concerned about the lack of such systems. GAO [General Accounting Office] identified areas needing improvement in the agency's processes for formulating mission, goals, and objectives; its planning process; performance reporting; program evaluation; and the accounting, budgeting, personnel, procurement, and management information functions. Agency management has made substantial progress in correcting these problems. GAO makes several specific recommendations for further improvements."
General Accounting Office/GGD-83-9; GAO/GGD-83-9
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