The American Red Cross: Background, Federal Coordination, and Oversight Issues


Isabel Owen (Editor)

Series: Natural Disaster Research, Prediction and Mitigation
BISAC: SOC040000

The American Red Cross is the nation’s largest nonprofit organization involved in disaster relief. The organization provides services such as sheltering and food assistance, and it has a leadership role in the federal disaster response framework. However, questions have been raised over its ability to respond effectively to large disasters. This book addresses the key factors affecting the nature and extent of the Red Cross’s disaster services; how it coordinates with the federal government on disaster assistance; and what external oversight exists of its disaster services. Furthermore, the book provides a brief history of the charter of the American National Red Cross (ANRC); describes the recent congressional interest in the ANRC’s governance, operations, and charter; reviews the ANRC’s governance audit report and proposal to amend its charter; and describes recent congressional proposals to amend the charter. (Imprint: Nova)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Chapter 1. American Red Cross: Disaster Assistance Would Benefit from Oversight through Regular Federal Evaluation
United States Government Accountability Office

Chapter 2. The Charter of the American National Red Cross: Current Issues and Proposed Changes
Kevin R. Kosar

Chapter 3. Disaster Relief: Reimbursement to American Red Cross for Hurricanes Charley, Frances, Ivan, and Jeanne
United States Government Accountability Office


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