Category Archives: Agencies and Actions

More on the DHS OIG Reports

Last weekend, the Diva did a posting titled What the Heck is This About, which dealt with the decision of the Office of Inspector General (OIG) at Dept. of Homeland Security (DHS) to remove some reports about early disaster response … Continue reading

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GAO Report on Disaster Contracting in 2017

Overview of Disaster Contracting in 2017 – interesting facts re disaster events. Direct link to the 27 page GAO report: 2017 Disaster Contracting: Observations on Federal Contracting for Response and Recovery Efforts. GAO-18-335, Published: Feb 28, 2018.

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Federal Disaster Rebuilding Spending

From the Wharton School: Federal Disaster Rebuilding Spending: A Look at the Numbers. Last year set records for natural disaster damages in the United States. NOAA estimates total damages from the 2017 events were over $300 billion. The U.S. experienced … Continue reading

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“Dismantle the Dept. of Homeland Security”

From the New Republic: Dismantle the Department of Homeland Security. “The case for abolishing the wasteful, incompetent, and abusive mega-agency has become especially urgent under Trump.” What I find interesting is that both liberal and conservative critics are cited in … Continue reading

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State of CA Lawmakers are Preparing for More Disasters

How California lawmakers are preparing for more natural disasters.  Here is an excerpt from the LA times article: Dozens of Californians lost their lives in wildfires and other natural disasters in recent months. In response to the widespread emergencies, Gov. … Continue reading

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Problem with Federal Job Vacancies

From the Editorial Board of Bloomberg News: Trump Can’t Run the Government With Temps. Failing to staff key positions isn’t negligent — it’s illegal.

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Summary of Federal Response and Recovery Programs – from CRS

A 17-page summary of federal programs, done by the Congressional Research Service: Federal Disaster Assistance Response and Recovery Programs: Brief Summaries

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