Tagged: management

NEMA Biennial Report 2014

Yesterday, the National Emergency Management Association (NEMA) published their 2014 Biennial Report. Since 1996, NEMA has published the Biennial Report that contains information on various aspects of state emergency management and Homeland Security. This edition incorporates detailed information on Emergency Management and Homeland Security organizational structures and staffing, governor’s authority...

Government Officials Find “Continued Deficiencies” in VA Healthcare &Facilities

U.S. government officials have been sounding off this week on the state of VA (Department of Veterans Affairs) health facilities and healthcare management in the United States. Yesterday, the U.S. Office of Special Counsel (OSC) issued a letter to the president titled, “Continued Deficiencies at Department of Veterans Affairs’ Facilities,”...

Progress Report: Rebuilding After Sandy

On June 18th, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Sandy Program Management Office issued its first report tracking progress of the Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force’s (“Task Force”) Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Strategy of August, 2013. The Rebuilding Strategy includes a long-term plan that delegates spending and oversight...

As Hurricane Season Approaches, the EIA Goes Mobile

In a press release issued this Tuesday, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) announced that its online tools will be accessible on mobile devices just in time for the 2014 hurricane season. The EIA has made available its U.S. Energy Mapping System and Energy Disruptions tools that will allow the...

Chemical Facility Safety and Security: A Shared Commitment

In August 2013, the Obama Administration issued Executive Order (EO) 13650: “Improving Chemical Facility Safety and Security” that aims to “improve the safety and security of chemical facilities and reduce the risks of hazardous chemicals to facility workers and operators, communities, and responders.” To identify the ways in which improvements...

VA Inspector General Finds 1,700 Veterans “Forgotten or Lost” Within Healthcare System

The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) released today an Interim report that investigates allegations of “gross mismanagement…and criminal misconduct” by VA officials at the Phoenix Health Care System (PHCS). Allegations reported to the OIG Hotline indicated that the mismanagement and misconduct...

GAO Review of Ammonium Nitrate Facilities: OSHA and EPA Provide “Limited Oversight” 

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) released this week a report on safety policies and procedures at U.S. chemical facilities, particularly those that deal with ammonium nitrate. Following the April 2013 explosion of the ammonium nitrate fertilizer plant in West, Texas, GAO has been examining the oversight of similar facilities to...

Senate Subcommittee Releases Investigation Report of Former DHS Acting IG

In early 2013, the Senate Subcommittee on Financial and Contracting Oversight received numerous whistleblower allegations of misconduct against DHS Acting Inspector General [IG] and Deputy Inspector General, Charles Edwards. In response to these allegations, the Subcommittee initiated an investigation of Mr. Edwards in June 2013 and released its final report...

DoD Inspector General Releases Assessment of Security Clearance Processes

Recent active shooter incidents at government facilities, such as the September 2013 shooting at the Washington Navy Yard and the April 2014 shooting at Fort Hood, have made clear the need to review security clearance processes nationwide. This week, the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) of the DoD responded...