As I recall, there was an earlier report out from a workshop on the topic of the resilience of the workforce at DHS. Here is the latest report, titled A Ready and Resilient Workforce for the Department of Homeland Security: Protecting America’s Front Line (2013)
If you just want to see the Executive Summary (19 pp) and the six major recommendations,you can download, at no cost, all or parts of this book-length report (266 pp.).
Article from local newspaper in NJ re the Pluses and Minuses of Home Rule.
Proponents of home rule say the practice puts decisions in the hands of those most intimately familiar with a town’s needs — the town itself. But critics contend the practice leads to higher costs and results in some towns making decisions to the detriment of their neighbor.
“Home rule was nice when we could afford it,” said former Gov. Thomas Kean, who battled legislators and local officials on the issue when he was in office in the 1980s, even launching the first effort for a coastal commission that would have broad power over shore development. “Now it raises property taxes, increases the cost of everything we do and makes it very hard to make decisions affecting more than one town at a time.”
“On a simple planning level, the kind of impacts we’re talking about with sea level rise and climate change, they’re bigger system impacts and they don’t respect political boundaries,” said Peter Kasabach, executive director of New Jersey Future, a planning-advocacy group,
In light of this report, it appears to me that FEMA has a lot of homework to do!
In the current issue (Nov./Dec. 2013) of Emergency Management Magazine, the Diva has an article assessing the Sandy Rebuilding Task Force Report. See: Hurricane Sandy Task Force Issues Recommendations for Long-Term Recovery.
- One Year After Hurricane Sandy – What We Learned and Changed (shoretelsky.com)
Victims want to know when they can expect money and taxpayers want to know where there money is going. Both are sensible expectations, but not usually easy to answer post disaster.
Local officials in NY are working on legislation to make the expenditures of the billions of federal dollars allocated for H. Sandy reconstruction and recovery more transparent for those affected. See this article from local paper.
Note that the federal government has a post-Sandy expenditure system in place. It is on the Dept. of HUD website page with the H. Sandy Rebuild Task Force Report. Direct URL is here, though I am not sure how current the data is.