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GAO publishes report on agency key changes in wildland fire management

from IAEM

The U.S. Governmental Accountability Office (GAO) was asked to review multiple aspects of federal wildland fire management across the five federal wildland fire management agencies. The Sept. 16 report, GAO-15-772, examines: (1) key changes the federal wildland fire agencies have made in their approach to wildland fire management since 2009; (2) how the agencies assess the effectiveness of their wildland fire management programs; and (3) how the agencies determine the distribution of their wildland fire management resources. The GAO reviewed laws, policies, and guidance related to wildland fire management; reviewed agency performance measures; analyzed obligation data for fiscal years 2004 through 2014; and interviewed officials from the five agencies, as well as the Department of the Interior's Office of Wildland Fire. The GAO recommends that the agencies develop specific criteria for selecting wildland fires for review and conducting the reviews, and revise their agency policies accordingly. The agencies generally agreed with the GAO findings and recommendations. Download the full report and the highlights report. more

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