FEMA program finances dubious counter-terror toys

By R. Jeffrey Smith

Billions have been spent on an urban security program but no one knows if it produced any appreciable new security

Excerpts from this story referencing "Tom Coburn":

"… ity funds were undoubtedly carefully spent. But a report last week by Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) highlighted the highly unusual spending choices listed above and …"

Daily Disclosure: Conservative outside ads spin Obama’s Sandy response

By Rachael Marcus

Spending groups contrast administration's response to Sandy with Benghazi.

Drugs, guns and child porn at Homeland Security

By Aaron Mehta

Over 250 Homeland Security agents were convicted of crimes last year, says new report.

Drones not used effectively on U.S. borders

By Aaron Mehta

A government audit concludes that drones are costly and problematic for inspecting U.S. borders, but enthusiasm remains high.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Texas":

"… r, where a growing drug war has slowly seeped into parts of California and Texas. But drones also scout the border with Canada. Homeland Security Secretary …"

"… by which outside groups — including the FBI, the Defense Department, the Texas Rangers, FEMA and the United States Forest Service, among others — can r …"

Joe Allbaugh, who helped put George W. Bush in White House, now running Perry campaign

By Peter H. Stone

Flagging Perry campaign turns to man who helped George W. Bush win White House

Excerpts from this story referencing "Federal Emergency Management Agency":

"… o Perry’s prospects for winning the GOP nomination.Allbaugh, who ran the Federal Emergency Management Agency at the start of the Bush administration, left after a couple years to go i …"

As FEMA funds run out, senators from states with most disasters oppose funding bill

By Josh Israel and Aaron Mehta

Some senators supported disaster aid before they voted against it

Excerpts from this story referencing "nonprofit":

"… n Smilowitz, executive director for the Disaster Accountability Project, a nonprofit group dedicated to holding disaster relief agencies accountable. He said e …"

Windfalls of war: Pentagon's no-bid contracts triple in 10 years of war

By Sharon Weinberger

Since 9/11, Pentagon's no-bid military contracts have tripled -- to $140 billion

Excerpts from this story referencing "Federal Emergency Management Agency":

"… ncies have been accused of giving short shrift to competition, such as the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which awarded over half of its immediate post-Hurricane Katrina contracts …"

Homeland not so secure as long as DHS can't share information

By Ben Wieder

IG criticizes Homeland Security for doing a poor job sharing critical threat information

Excerpts from this story referencing "Federal Emergency Management Agency":

"… among some of the department’s agencies—including the Secret Service, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Transportation Security Administration and Immigration and Customs Enforc …"

Government-subsidized flood insurance premiums are about half of full-risk price

By Laurel Adams

Repeat flooded properties rose 73 percent in a decade

Excerpts from this story referencing "insurance":

"… on of the country raises fresh questions about government-subsidized flood insurance.The National Flood insurance Program, run by FEMA, provides subsidized flo …"

"… e National Flood insurance Program, run by FEMA, provides subsidized flood insurance to policyholders living in flood-prone regions. In 2005, the program had t …"

"… ng the cost of the premiums would decrease costs to taxpayers but make the insurance unaffordable for many current taxpayers. If policyholders leave the progra …"

"… l assistance needed after a disaster.Virtually no private market for flood insurance exists for most residential and commercial properties. Unlike private insu …"

As tornado costs rise, Congress might finally pony up some money to look at ways to limit damages

By Laurel Adams

Worsening damages from monster tornadoes may prompt more research on cause-and-effect

Excerpts from this story referencing "Federal Emergency Management Agency":

"… dation, the National Institutes of Standards and Technology, NOAA, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency —did not identify a line item for the program in their annual budgets.&n …"

FEMA's technology shortcomings could affect disaster response

By Laurel Adams

Inspector general says FEMA's failure to update its technology could hinder emergency response

Excerpts from this story referencing "inspector":

"… r, agency efforts to modernize and update the systems still fall short.The inspector general at the Department of Homeland Security found that the systems are …"

"… s is important to ensure that the technology can support disasters,” the inspector general said.Previous reviews by the DHS inspector general and the Governm …"

"… pport disasters,” the inspector general said.Previous reviews by the DHS inspector general and the Government Accountability Office revealed FEMA’s ongoing …"

"… lead to IT systems that do not meet the agency’s long-term needs,” the inspector general said.As a result, systems are created haphazardly, producing stand …"

FEMA hopes to finish preparedness report by year-end

By Laurel Adams

After more than two years of work, the Federal Emergency Management Agency has yet to issue its National Preparedness Report, nor has it ado

Excerpts from this story referencing "Federal Emergency Management Agency":

"… ments to government officials. (GAO) …"

Post-Katrina FEMA still struggling

By Laurel Adams

FEMA’s lackluster response to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita was blamed in part on poor coordination of funding, confusion over job roles, and

Excerpts from this story referencing "Federal Emergency Management Agency":

"… gency workers. Five years later, the agency’s internal watchdog says the Federal Emergency Management Agency still has improvements to make.“Despite the important role of individual …"

Security clearance investigators must protect data, watchdog says

By Laurel Adams

The federal agency that investigates applicants for senior government jobs and for top-secret national security positions must ensure that i

Kuwait contractor could be banned for security lapses

By Julie Vorman

A military contractor providing key services for U.S. soldiers in Kuwait should be banned from future contracts because some of its employee

Backing Pelosi: A labor of love

By Josh Israel and Aaron Mehta

A labor of love

Excerpts from this story referencing "CEO":

"… mas J. Watson, founded IBM; her father, Thomas J. Watson Jr., was its CEO and President Carter’s ambassador to the Soviet Union. As a former …"

Homeland Security’s billion-dollar bet on better communications

By Sarah Laskow

Interoperability money aids Motorola and other contractors, but are first responders better off?

Excerpts from this story referencing "Robert Desourdis":

"… control protocols, standard operating procedures, and, most of all, trust.Robert Desourdis, an engineer and consultant who has studied interoperability, remembers on …"

Former Blackwater employees accuse security contractor of defrauding government

By Nick Schwellenbach and Carol D. Leonnig

Two former employees of Blackwater Worldwide have accused the private security contractor of defrauding the government for years through pho

Excerpts from this story referencing "Federal Emergency Management Agency":

"… Iraq and Afghanistan, and with the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency in Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina.Blackwater is the State Department’ …"

Is Congress failing on Homeland Security oversight?

By Sarah Laskow

Boston Marathon bombing raises new questions.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Joe Barton":

"… on and Infrastructure), Wisconsin’s James Sensenbrenner (Judiciary), and Joe Barton of Texas (Energy and Commerce) had fought to cripple, if not eliminate, th …"

FEMA’s emergency grant program gets $100 million, but where’s oversight?

By Sarah Laskow

The Department of Homeland Security announced yesterday that it’s giving $100 million of stimulus funds to the Emergency Food and Shelter Na

Top 10 failures of the Bush administration

By Andrew Green

In a break with precedent, when asked at his final press conference to name his administration’s biggest mistake, President George W. Bush r

Bad weather creates perfect storm for dirty politicians

By Sarah Laskow

As if destroying houses and displacing people weren’t enough, apparently natural disasters also increase the likelihood of politicians going

Excerpts from this story referencing "Federal Emergency Management Agency":

"… der by hurricanes, tornadoes, and floods generally get more money from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. That money creates more opportunities for politicians inclined to grab a …"

By the numbers

By Bill Buzenberg and David E. Kaplan

With two wars and an economy in shambles, it’s not hard to get the feeling that something’s gone terribly wrong here in Washington. “We’ll l

Hurricanes expose FEMA woes

By The Center for Public Integrity

FEMA's deterioration in relationships with local partners since Brown took over resulted in lack of coordination and unpreparedness

Excerpts from this story referencing "Federal Emergency Management Agency":

"… ps to continue this transformation.” …"

We can’t afford another flood

By The Center for Public Integrity

The National Flood Insurance Program might not have enough insurance to cover another Katrina

Excerpts from this story referencing "Federal Emergency Management Agency":

"… nment Accountability Office (GAO) warned in 2008. As of December 2007, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which oversees NFIP, still owed $17.3 billion against the loans it took f …"

FEMA trailers filled with formaldehyde

By The Center for Public Integrity

Thousands of trailers purchased by FEMA for those displaced by Katrina emitted dangerous levels of formaldehyde

Excerpts from this story referencing "Federal Emergency Management Agency":

"… ht and Government Reform found that thousands of trailers purchased by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for those displaced by Katrina emitted levels of formaldehyde high …"

After the whistle blows

By Sarah Laskow

Christopher De Rosa, a top scientist at the Centers for Disease Control, is still serving as a scapegoat for leaders at the organization, ju

Great lakes: Danger zones?

By Sheila Kaplan

A report that top officials of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention thought was too hot for the public to handle

Excerpts from this story referencing "Center for Public Integrity":

"… d the CDC’s Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR).The Center for Public Integrity has obtained the study, which warns that more than nine million people who …"

"… e and Technology—complained about the delay in releasing the report. The Center for Public Integrity obtained a copy of the letter to Gerberding, which notes that the full com …"

"… ty of New York at Albany and another of ATSDR’s peer reviewers, told the Center for Public Integrity.Some members of Congress have also taken De Rosa’s side. That same Febru …"

The Clinton top 100: Where are they now?

By M. Asif Ismail

WASHINGTON, March 31, 2003 — Two years after they left the federal government and one year after a ban that limited their lobbying activitie

Excerpts from this story referencing "Dan Tate Jr.":

"… f Staff Harold Ickes, and former Special Assistant for Legislative Affairs Dan Tate Jr.DoorIn recent years, a slew of high-profile, senior figures from successive …"

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