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Annual audit: FEMA grants administered effectively, but better planning, oversight needed

The Homeland Security Department's inspector general summarized 18 audits that were conducted on 13 states, four territories, and the District of Columbia in fiscal 2014. Collectively, they were awarded about $447 million in State Homeland Security Program and Urban Areas Security Initiative grants by FEMA.

DHS IG slams FEMA for lax insurance reviews related to past Florida hurricanes

The Federal Emergency Management Agency may have provided $177 million in public assistance grants for damages related to 2004 and 2005 Florida hurricanes that a specific private insurance provider should have covered, the department watchdog recently found.

Coburn issues final critical report on problems facing DHS, homeland security

On his last day in the Senate, Oklahoma Republican Tom Coburn issued a critical report on the Homeland Security Department, saying it's doing a substandard job from border security to counterterrorism to cybersecurity.

DHS agencies undermining department's overall IT security program, IG finds

The DHS inspector general said the department has generally improved the security of its information systems – including trusted Internet connections, continuous monitoring and strong authentication – in line with the Federal Information Security Management Act, which provides a standard baseline that agencies should comply with. However, agencies within DHS aren't consistently following certain policies and procedures.

Federal agencies improve mobile access to data, services, but challenges remain, GAO says

In reviewing and analyzing information from six randomly selected federal agencies, as well as interviewing many others, GAO found a few agencies' websites haven't incorporated responsive design and that could make it harder for users to find content. 

GAO: FEMA overspent 'hundreds of millions of dollars' in administrative costs during disasters

The agency is not requiring that established targets for reducing administrative costs during disasters be met, congressional investigators said in Dec. 17 report.

FEMA agrees to reforms to help Hurricane Sandy victims get benefits, lawmakers announce

After meeting with the Federal Emergency Management Agency over complaints about flood damage claims from homeowners affected by Hurricane Sandy, several U.S. lawmakers said agreed-to reforms should help victims resolve issues and get the benefits they need.

FEMA needs to better track costs, performance of long-term recovery efforts, audit finds

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.

FEMA implementing better rules to track funding allocated to fusion centers, GAO says

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.

FEMA's $250M supply chain management system may not deliver during a disaster

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.