FEMA’s IT System Flawed

An article in Nextgov citing a new DHS IG report: Shoddy IT Is Limiting FEMA’s Ability to Respond to Disasters, IG Says.”Some of the outstanding recommendations go back to 2005, just after Hurricane Katrina.”

The Diva could not find the URL for the full DHS IG report, but here is a link to Congressional testimony (11 pp) by the IG office.This is a hard-hitting report, which is worth reading in full. [Please let me know if you find a link to the report.]

In that testimony is a reference to this earlier, related report, issued by the IG in March 2018. See: Management Alert – Inadequate FEMA Progress in Addressing Open Recommendations from our 2015 Report, “FEMA Faces Challenges in Managing Information Technology” (OIG-16-10)

A personal note:  Reading this report makes me sympathetic to FEMA Administrator Brock Long and the many well-intentioned staff.  But clearly some remedial actions are needed.

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