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Even were flood insurance privatized, government would have a role, says GAO

Even were the private sector to become the main issuer of flood insurance in the United States – as opposed to the Federal Emergency Management Agency-run National Flood Insurance Program – the federal government would likely still have a role in flood insurance, concludes the Government Accountability Office.

Congress again rejects National Preparedness Grant Program

Congressional appropriators again slapped down a Federal Emergency Management Agency attempt to consolidate 16 of its grant programs into a single program known as the National Preparedness Grant Program – but state and local grants appropriations overall are robust.

Omnibus funds record number of Border Patrol agents, ICE detention beds

As a result of  omnibus appropriations  legislation funding federal agencies through September, Customs and Border Protection will have a record level of agents and officers and Immigration and Customs Enforcement will have the highest detention capacity in history. The House approved the $1.02 trillion funding measure by a  vote  of 359-67; the bill is expected to pass the Senate.

FEMA considers next iteration of IPAWS service oriented architecture

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is taking first steps toward redesigning the service oriented architecture that virtually consolidates multiple public alerting systems.

Auditors highlight weak cybersecurity practices at DHS

Components of the Homeland Security Department continue to have weak cybersecurity practices, particularly with the security authorization process, the departmental inspector general says.

Feds can utilize Twitter for information sharing and deeper debate

Twitter gave a lesson to government workers on how to work the social media website to its full advantage, including how to tweet breaking news and how lawmakers can affect policy change through the site. The social media platform issued detailed guidance, saying Twitter alerts provide vital information to the public during fast-moving situations and also gives the public insight into how government works.

Fugate: Don't delay NFIP increases

Delaying the onset of National Flood Insurance Program premium increases would only end up "subsidizing risk," Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Craig Fugate told a Nov. 19 House panel. However, FEMA does want to "work with Congress on how to we look at affordability for someone who is in their home now," Fugate  told  the House Financial Services subcommittee on housing and insurance.

FEMA's Fugate lauds debris removal pilot

New authorities granted the Federal Emergency Management Agency by the Sandy recovery funding law have improved post-disaster debris removal, FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate told a Nov. 6 Senate panel.

Spotlight: House committee approves FEMA reauthorization bill

The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee approved by voice vote Oct. 29 a bill (H.R. 3300) that would reauthorize Federal Emergency Management Agency salaries and expenses through fiscal 2016 at a fixed rate of $972,145,000 annually.

State officials fault rigid DHS grant guidance as cybersecurity improvement obstacle

State cybersecurity is notoriously weak: Of the 31  core capabilities  the Federal Emergency Management Agency says jurisdictions should be able to attain, states say cybersecurity is where's unambiguously the weakest. Yet, a lack of funding from the homeland security department isn't necessarily a problem, said Charley English, president of the National Emergency Management Association and director of the Georgia state emergency management agency. He testified Oct. 30 before a joint  hearing  of two House Homeland Security subcommittees.