The General Services Administration plans to experiment with car-sharing services as it considers whether the model suits the government's needs. In a request for information issued Nov. 5, GSA says that car-sharing may be more cost-effective than renting, leasing or purchasing when agencies only need vehicles intermittently.
A federal appeals court has stayed a series of reforms to the stop-and-frisk practices of the New York Police Department required by lower court Judge Shira Scheindlin earlier this year.
"FEMA proactively prepared for Sandy, overcame staffing and operational challenges, overcame staff management issues, used a variety of sourcing mechanisms, and effectively coordinated response activities," the DHS OIG concludes in a newly released report.
Arizona, Colorado, New York, South Dakota and Utah agreed to donate funds to the National Park Service so its employees can reopen and manage nationals parks in those states. Utah committed $1.7 million, by far the most of the five states, to reopen eight national parks in the state from Oct. 11 through Oct. 20.
The New York Police Department secretly designated mosques as terrorist organizations, the Associated Press reported in August. Doing so has let the NYPD place undercover officers in mosques and investigate innocent New Yorkers, according to documents obtained by the AP 's Adam Goldman and Matt Apuzzo.
Hurricane Sandy damaged 110 of the Postal Service's delivery vehicles and prompted an update to the agency's emergency preparedness plans.
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg unveiled June 11 a $19.5 billion plan to make the city more resilient in the face of natural disasters in the wake of vulnerabilities revealed by Hurricane Sandy and likely future weaknesses caused by climate change. A 438-page report includes proposals for portable flood walls, replenishment of sand beaches and dune maintenance, wetland restoration, as well as tide gates and offshore rock breakwaters.
The U.S. and Canadian governments have successfully reciprocated hundreds of thousands of entry records for the other country to use as exit records, says a new report (.pdf) that the two released earlier this month. The data helps each country pinpoint those who have overstayed their visas and can help show whether individuals have met residency requirements.
The Defense Production Act is a critical, if seldom-used, tool for emergency response and should be reauthorized before it expires at the end of fiscal 2014, David Kaufman of the Federal Emergency Management Agency told a House panel May 8. FEMA's most recent use of the DPA was in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.
U.S. counties had higher rates of terrorism in the past two decades if they had greater residential instability, language diversity, and population size, says a new report from the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism.