The Federal Emergency Management Agency risks mismanaging disaster relief funds because it doesn't track costs or performance data for offices established to deal with long-term recovery efforts, a recently released internal audit found.
While the Government Accountability Office found that FEMA — which is the Homeland Security Department's lead agency responsible for such grants — required states to provide justification for such funding starting in fiscal 2012, the data is still unreliable.
After spending nearly a quarter of a billion dollars to develop a new supply chain management system over nine years, the Federal Emergency Management Agency "cannot be certain" that it will work well during a catastrophic disaster, an internal audit found.
The audit conducted by the Homeland Security Department's inspector general found that officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency replaced the facilities at a cost of $20.7 million, while repairing them would have cost about $8.6 million.
The Congressional Research Service questioned whether the Federal Emergency Management Agency has done enough to prepare for risks to national security in an Aug. 12 report archived by the Federation of American Scientists. The CRS brief doesn't supply any answers or suggestions but rather lays out questions it thinks should be answered after reading FEMA's National Preparedness Report.
Hundreds of millions of dollars were lost due to a misinterpretation of a Federal Emergency Management Agency rule that funds the replacement or repair of facilities after a natural disaster, according to a recent Homeland Security Department inspector general report.
For federally declared disasters that occurred between 1989 and 1995, only 9 percent of aid money went toward administrative costs. From 2004 through 2011, that number rose to 18 percent.
The Federal Communications Commission is making several recommendations that it says will help improve the nation's public warning system, including a requirement to ensure that even people with disabilities get emergency alerts.
While sequestration resulted in a 4-percent decline across the Homeland Security Department's funded contract obligations, its impact was uneven across the department's various agencies and bureaus, a new study has shown.
The massive number of unaccompanied children crossing the southwestern border has federal officials scrambling to provide enough people and space to deal with the crisis.