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 "Federal Emergency Management Agency":

"… didn’t even have to foot the$69,000 bill. The funds instead came from a Federal Emergency Management Agency program known as the Urban Area Security Initiative, which has so far spen …"

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

By Rachael Marcus

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Mother Jones":

"… s Texas-based “Corporate Land Management,” which contributed $600,000. Mother Jones traced the generically named corporation to Tim Horner, the president of a …"

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.

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 "Oklahoma City":

"… Group, a security consulting business with offices in Washington, Austin, Oklahoma City as well as overseas in the Middle East, Europe and Asia.The firm’s websi …"

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 "spokesman":

"… mination, has steered clear of the FEMA fight in Congress and his campaign spokesman did not respond to requests to comment on this story. Despite his campaign …"

"… ill.Like Johanns, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., voted against both bills. His spokesman, Brian Rogers, said the former presidential candidate “believes we shoul …"

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

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Office of Personnel Management":

"… ty Office says.The Federal Investigative Services (FIS), a unit within the Office of Personnel Management, handled over 2 million investigations in 2009. It houses an extensive amo …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Government Accountability Office":

"… access to sensitive information.Other new watchdog reports released by the Government Accountability Office (GAO), various federal Offices of Inspector General (OIG), and other gover …"

Backing Pelosi: A labor of love

By Josh Israel and Aaron Mehta

A labor of love

Excerpts from this story referencing "American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees":

"… once stated “I have no better friend in labor than AFSCME [the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees].” With the possible exception of the Teamsters, this is true; with at l …"

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 "Illinois":

"… fferent manufacturers could not communicate.Motorola, based in Schaumburg, Illinois, has long been the undisputed leader in public safety communications equip …"

"… for Responsive Politics. Top recipients of Motorola contributions included Illinois politicians like Rep. Mark Kirk and Sen. Dick Durbin, as well as members w …"

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 "Federal Emergency Management Agency":

"… tion of 22 agencies ranging from the Secret Service and Coast Guard to the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The department is still struggling to manage its myriad responsibilities: …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Torture":

"… rtion of Executive Power4. Skyrocketing Deficit5. Too close to the Edge on Torture6. Politicization of the Department of Justice7. No Robust, Sustained Alter …"

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 "House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform":

"… hey didn’t realize their health might be next. A 2008 examination by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform found that thousands of trailers purchased by the Federal Emergency Manage …"

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 "Environment":

"… iewed various drafts of the study, including senior scientists at the CDC, Environmental Protection Agency, and other federal agencies, as well as scientists fro …"

"… and Rep. Nick Lampson of Texas, chairman of the Subcommittee on Energy and Environment, expressed concern that “management may have retaliated against” De Ro …"

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 "The Carlyle Group":

"… hat had great success in hiring former top ranking government officials is The Carlyle Group. The firm, which already had in its ranks such influential politicians as …"

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