Future of FEMA: Recommendations of Former Administrators, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Communications of the Committee on Homeland Security, U.S. House of Representatives, One Hundred Fifteenth Congress, First Session, February 28, 2017   [open pdf - 464KB]

This testimony compilation is from the February 28, 2017 hearing, "Future of FEMA: Recommendations of Former Administrators" before the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Communications of the Committee on Homeland Security. From the opening statement of Dan Donovan: "Today's hearing is the second in a series of hearings on the future of FEMA and an effort to help set the next Administrator up for success. Earlier this month, the Subcommittee received testimony from FEMA's stakeholders to hear first-hand about the critical relationship between FEMA and first responders at the state and local level. FEMA's success is directly related to the relationships the agency has with state and local partners to promote a culture of preparedness within communities. Part one of this series of hearings reinforced the need for an experienced emergency manager to lead FEMA. Today's distinguished and weather-tested witnesses know better than anyone the significant transformation FEMA has made in achieving and maintaining national preparedness and response capabilities over the past 12 years. Both administrators were responsible for implementing about 350 individual requirements enacted by Congress in the Post Katrina Emergency Management Reform Act. With the tools Congress gave them, they took steps to ensure FEMA developed and implemented the complex National Preparedness System made up of federal, state, local, private, and non-profit emergency management partners. Significant resources have been invested at all levels of government to reach the current level of national preparedness. As we move forward, those in positions of authority have an obligation to build on the critical progress that has been made. This Subcommittee has consistently followed FEMA's progress. Without strong leadership in place, FEMA would not have achieved the level of transformation currently in place.". Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: W. Craig Fugate and R. David Paulison.

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