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DHS watchdog questions $67M in New York state, NYC spending of homeland grants

The audit from the department's inspector general focused on $725 million awarded to the state and city through the Homeland Security Grant Program from fiscal years 2010 through 2012. 

FEMA gets good marks for dealing with 2014 mudslide in Washington state, audit concludes

The March 22, 2014 mudslide that engulfed the town of Oso traveled at 200 miles per hour and covered about 318 acres, destroying 37 structures. A pool of water that formed behind the debris flooded other houses and structures.

FEMA responded effectively to 2014 earthquake that hit northern California, DHS IG says

That Aug. 24, 2014, earthquake, which was the strongest in a quarter century, injured more than 280 people, destroyed 18 structures and damaged nearly 2,000 more.

DHS not tracking employee usage of offline travel booking, possibly incurring greater fees, IG says

The web-based system is much cheaper than the making reservations by phone. Online fees cost about $7 to $10, while doing it offline costs about $30 to $37, or more than three times the cost.

Fed document aims to help US communities at risk from rail transport of crude oil

The Public Intelligence blog, which posted the document on its website May 4, obtained it from the official site of Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.), who has long campaigned for better national standards for the rail transport of crude oil.

GAO: States may have to rethink funding approaches as disasters become more common, costly

The Government Accountability Office didn't provide any recommendations in its report, but made several observations based on a review of 10 selected states.

New feature on FEMA mobile app lets users get weather alerts for up to 5 locations

The weather alert feature expands the app's existing functionality, which includes a customizable checklist of emergency supplies, maps that display shelters and disaster recovery centers, and safety tips for surviving disasters.

Personal info of DHS, FBI and other fed officials posted online by right-wing group, CBS reports

Home addresses of senior and former officials of the Homeland Security Department, FBI and other agencies were posted online allegedly by an unidentified right-wing extremist group, the news organization reported April 15.

Proposal to Hurricane Sandy victims from FEMA, insurers draws condemnation from judges

A panel of federal magistrate judges overseeing Hurricane Sandy insurance disputes slammed a confidentiality agreement from insurance carriers that would have required homeowners to stop cooperating with state and federal probes into fraud allegations in exchange for a settlement, the  International Business Times  reported Feb. 25.

The president's 2016 budget request: Federal Emergency Management Agency

The Federal Emergency Management Agency, which helps the nation,communities and first responders prepare for and respond to natural and man-made disasters, would see a 8.7 percent jump – or nearly $1.06 billion – under the president's recently unveiled 2016 budget proposal.