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GAO identifies need for FEMA to continue improvement in grant management and ability to measure national preparedness

from IAEM

In February 2012, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) identified factors that contribute to the risk of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) potentially funding unnecessarily duplicative projects across four grant programs. Earlier, GAO reported that FEMA faced challenges in developing and implementing a national preparedness assessment, a fact that inhibits its abilities to effectively prioritize preparedness grant funding. GAO has issued an update describing FEMA's progress in (1) managing preparedness grants and (2) measuring national preparedness by assessing capabilities. To conduct the updates, GAO analyzed agency documents, such as the National Preparedness Reports, and interviewed FEMA officials. The new report recommends ways to continue FEMA's progress in the identified areas. DHS and FEMA concurred with the recommendations in Report GAO-13-637T, released June 25, 2013, and have actions under way to address them. Download full report | Download highlights more

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