Two accounts of a strange recent action taken:
(1) From USA Today on March 10: Government watchdog purges mostly positive reports on FEMA from website.
In a rare move, the government watchdog for the Federal Emergency Management Administration has removed a dozen largely positive reports evaluating how the agency responded under President Obama to several disasters from 2012 to 2016, according to an internal memo obtained by USA TODAY.
The 12 reports were rescinded by the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General because they “may have not adequately answered objectives and, in some cases, may have lacked sufficient and appropriate evidence to support conclusions,” read the internal memo issued Thursday. “In an abundance of caution, we believe it best to recall the reports and not re-issue them.
(2) From The Hill, on March 10: FEMA watchdog removes positive evaluations of agency under Obama.
As a researcher and historian in the field of emergency management, the Diva is baffled by this action. I cannot recall a precedent for the removal of reports on disaster responses from a federal agency website. Do any of you readers have additional information about this matter?
Update on March 13: Here is the memo that explains the removal. The Diva has copies of the deleted memos if anyone would like to do a content analysis.