FEMA: Emergency Management, Disaster Contracting and Grants



Volume 10

Issue 1

Volume 2

Volume 3

Special issue: Resilience in breaking the cycle of children’s environmental health disparities
Edited by I Leslie Rubin, Robert J Geller, Abby Mutic, Benjamin A Gitterman, Nathan Mutic, Wayne Garfinkel, Claire D Coles, Kurt Martinuzzi, and Joav Merrick


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Recent hurricanes, wildfires, and flooding have highlighted the challenges the federal government faces in responding effectively to natural disasters. Chapter 1 discusses FEMA’s progress and challenges related to disaster resilience, response, recovery, and workforce management. Chapter 2 addresses key challenges FEMA faced contracting for goods and services in response to these disasters.

FEMA, a component of DHS, provides preparedness grants to state, local, tribal, and territorial governments to help prepare for, prevent, protect against, respond to, recover from and mitigate terrorist attacks or other disasters. The objectives of chapter 3 are to determine the extent to which FEMA is implementing leading practices for reengineering its grants management processes and incorporating needs into IT requirements; assess the reliability of the program’s estimated costs and schedule; and determine the extent to which FEMA is addressing key cybersecurity practices. Chapter 4 describes SHSP and UASI grant awards during fiscal years 2008 through 2018, and factors affecting grant distributions; and examines the steps that FEMA has taken to strengthen its risk assessment model for allocating preparedness grants, and any additional opportunities to improve the model. Chapter 5 addresses progress and challenges in FEMA’s efforts to manage preparedness grants and GAO’s prior recommendations to strengthen these programs.
(Imprint: SNOVA)

Chapter 1. Emergency Management: FEMA Has Made Progress, but Challenges and Future Risks Highlight Imperative for Further Improvements
Statement of Chris Currie,
Chapter 2. Disaster Contracting: FEMA Continues to Face Challenges with its Use of Contracts to Support Response and Recovery
Statement of Marie A. Mak
Chapter 3. FEMA Grants Modernization: Improvements Needed to Strengthen Program Management and Cybersecurity
Chapter 4. Homeland Security Grant Program: Additional Actions Could Further Enhance FEMA’s Risk-Based Grant Assessment Model
Chapter 5. National Preparedness: FEMA Has Taken Steps to Strengthen Grant Management, But Challenges Remain in Assessing Capabilities
Statement of Chris Currie

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