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.
Transit agencies applying for federal funds to rebuild after future disasters may be confused as to whether to seek it from the Federal Emergency Management Agency or the Federal Transit Administration, says a new report from the Government Accountability Office.
The number of contractor suspensions and debarments governmentwide have doubled since fiscal 2009 because agencies have developed better management tools and a more active referral process, a May 21 Government Accountability Office report says.
With disaster relief costs climbing into the billions of dollars annually, the Federal Emergency Management Agency has tried to ease regulations and encourage efforts to mitigate damage. But the process moves at a frustratingly slow pace, said FEMA's David Miller during a Senate hearing May 14.
Tools like ham radios that seem outdated still need to be part of disaster response plans, said Adrian Gardner, the Federal Emergency Management Agency's chief information officer.
Agencies with large property holdings are failing to assess security risks at their combined 52,000 facilities across the country, a recently released Government Accountability Office report says.
Funding to prepare for accidents involving trains that transport crude oil has not matched the recent, intense growth in rail cars moving crude oil, senators said at a March 25 hearing. An estimated 400,000 carloads of crude oil traveled along railroad tracks in the United States last year, up from about 10,000 in 2009.
Rejection two years running hasn't prevented the Federal Emergency Management Agency from again proposing consolidation of most of its grants into a single program.
The promise of post-disaster federal assistance for rebuilding infrastructure often transmutes years later into a federal audit demanding repayment on the grounds that the construction contracts were improperly let.