"On October 13, 2011, the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management, conducted a hearing entitled 'Streamlining Emergency Management: Improving Preparedness, Response, and Cutting Costs.' The hearing examined how FEMA can streamline its programs to improve disaster preparedness and reduce costs. FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate and OPM [U.S. Office of Personnel Management] Deputy Director for Facilities, Security & Contracting, Dean Hunter, testified before the subcommittee. Delegate Norton asked FEMA and OPM to develop a report focusing on the Federal Government's response to the August 23, 2011, Virginia earthquake. FEMA's National Preparedness Assessment Division (NPAD) and Office of National Capital Region Coordination (NCRC) collaborated with OPM to develop an analysis of the Virginia earthquake response. A joint NPAD-NCRC team interviewed 10 senior staff from the FEMA NCR [National Capital Region] Watch Desk, the FEMA National Continuity Program (NCP) Directorate, OPM, the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (MWCOG), and the District of Columbia Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency (DC HSEMA). The joint team also collected and reviewed situation reports, logs, and other data to complement the information provided during the interviews. Based on an analysis of this information, this report presents key findings designed to facilitate improved decision making and corrective action development where necessary."
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