ABSTRACT

Federal Emergency Management Agency: Progress and Continuing Challenges in National Preparedness Efforts, Statement of Chris Currie, Director, Homeland Security and Justice, Testimony Before the Subcommittee on Federal Spending Oversight and Emergency Management, Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, U.S. Senate   [open pdf - 222KB]

Alternate Title: FEMA: Progress and Continuing Challenges in National Preparedness Efforts, Statement of Chris Currie, Director, Homeland Security and Justice, Testimony Before the Subcommittee on Federal Spending Oversight and Emergency Management, Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, U.S. Senate

"Following the federal response to Hurricane Katrina in 2005, the PostKatrina Act was enacted in 2006, requiring FEMA to establish a national preparedness system and assess the nation's overall preparedness. To implement the system, FEMA issued the National Response Framework, which identifies 14 emergency support functions that serve as the federal government's primary coordinating structure for providing response capabilities. From fiscal years 2002 through 2015, DHS awarded over $40 billion for preparedness grant programs to enhance the capabilities of state and local governments to respond to emergencies and disasters. This statement addresses (1) FEMA's progress in strengthening federal preparedness efforts and (2) FEMA's efforts to manage preparedness grants. This statement is based on prior reports GAO [Government Accountability Office] issued from March 2011 through February 2016 and selected updates on efforts to improve coordination in March 2016. To conduct prior work and updates, GAO analyzed relevant FEMA data and documentation and interviewed relevant officials."

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GAO-16-560T
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2016-04-12
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Government Accountability Office: http://www.gao.gov
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