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.

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 "Rick Perry":

"… has quietly taken over the reins of the beleaguered campaign of Texas Gov. Rick Perry.Allbaugh was brought on with several GOP veterans a few weeks ago to help …"

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 "Mark Pryor":

"… cluding the offsets, in order to speed the process along.Arkansas Democrat Mark Pryor and Missouri Democrat Claire McCaskill both backed the Democratic proposal …"

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 "Pentagon":

"… and injuries from roadside bombs escalated after the invasion of Iraq, the Pentagon rushed to find solutions.Competition is normally the cornerstone of better …"

"… by 10 years of war: awarding contracts without competition. While the Pentagon says its overall level of competition has remained steady over the past 10 …"

"… ter for Public Integrity’s iWatch News, the data shows that the value of Pentagon contracts awarded without competition topped $140 billion in 2010, up from …"

"… titive contracts are a hard habit to break. According to federal data, the Pentagon’s competed contracts, based on dollar figures, fell to 55 percent in the …"

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 "information technology":

"… ng to challenges in effectively carrying out some key functions, including information technology, acquisition, and financial management,” the GAO said.For example, FEMA …"

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 "Federal Emergency Management Agency":

"… 005 revealed major weaknesses in the information technology systems at the Federal Emergency Management Agency. But six years later, agency efforts to modernize and update the systems s …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Medicare":

"… deficiencies with closings (OIG).HEALTH CARE* In 2009, nearly 8 percent of Medicare fee-for-service claims or $24.1 billion should not have been paid, and bot …"

"… ee-for-service claims or $24.1 billion should not have been paid, and both Medicare and Medicaid pay too much for some services and medical products (OIG)* CM …"

"… Integrity and Protection Data Bank, which helps prevent fraud and abuse in Medicare program (OIG)NATIONAL SECURITY* Homeland Security Dept. must improve how i …"

Backing Pelosi: A labor of love

By Josh Israel and Aaron Mehta

A labor of love

Excerpts from this story referencing "Freddie Mac":

"… rtgage loan limits for the Federal Housing Administration, Fannie Mae, and Freddie Mac. Pelosi was the lead sponsor of the bill, highlighting its provisions to …"

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?

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 "Department of Homeland Security":

"… address the problem. Here’s what we found:    Tom Ridge, the Department of Homeland Security’s first secretary, testified before the 9/11 Commission on a May morning …"

"… of widely distributed oversight to remain largely intact. As a result, the Department of Homeland Security is still coping with an extraordinary number of demands from Capitol Hill, …"

"… kesperson for Pelosi reiterated that “the primary responsibility for the Department of Homeland Security falls on the House Committee on Homeland Security.” “We spent the bet …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Government":

"… mpacts on the lives of ordinary Americans. We’re calling this our Broken Government project, and it reveals an extraordinary record of failure: eight years of …"

"… ust might surprise you, too. For more on the project, check out our Broken Government project. For now, here’s a sampling of what we found — 40 ways in whic …"

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 "spokeswoman":

"… but nothing seems to work.” In response to a request for comment, a FEMA spokeswoman sent a statement that read, “FEMA neither knowingly, nor willingly, purc …"

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 "chief":

"… on of toxicology and environmental medicine, Dr. Howard Frumkin, ATSDR’s chief, wrote that the quality of the study was “well below expectations.” Wh …"

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 "Colby College":

"… kenzie, the Distinguished Presidential Professor of American Government at Colby College, is author of several books and studies on presidential appointments, incl …"

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