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FEMA agrees to reforms to help Hurricane Sandy victims get benefits, lawmakers announce

After meeting with the Federal Emergency Management Agency over complaints about flood damage claims from homeowners affected by Hurricane Sandy, several U.S. lawmakers said agreed-to reforms should help victims resolve issues and get the benefits they need.

FEMA needs to better track costs, performance of long-term recovery efforts, audit finds

The Federal Emergency Management Agency risks mismanaging disaster relief funds because it doesn't track costs or performance data for offices established to deal with long-term recovery efforts, a recently released internal audit found.

Study: Sequester impact on DHS agencies uneven in their contract obligations

While sequestration resulted in a 4-percent decline across the Homeland Security Department's funded contract obligations, its impact was uneven across the department's various agencies and bureaus, a new study has shown.

Mobile app could help crowdsource solutions following disasters

An Android app, code named "uRep," which is under development at Kean University allows users to report a problem by snapping a picture and geo-tag it using GPS functionality built into their mobile device.

As FEMA, FTA both fund disaster recovery, report warns of confusion

Transit agencies applying for federal funds to rebuild after future disasters may be confused as to whether to seek it from the Federal Emergency Management Agency or the Federal Transit Administration, says a new report from the Government Accountability Office.

Whistleblower reveals NOAA misused Hurricane Sandy relief money

Hurricane Sandy relief funds were inappropriately spent on National Estuarine Research Reserve System equipment that was not actually damaged in the storm, says a new inspector general report.

Former DHS official: Infrastructure protection too dispersed

"You've got all this diaspora, this flurry of activities over 10 years," Robert Stephan said. "There's a lot of capacity now to analyze risk that simply didn't exist 10 years ago. Let's join it together at the federal level."

2015 Budget Request: Federal Emergency Management Agency

The Federal Emergency Management Agency would receive $10.38 billion under President Obama's fiscal 2015 budget, up from $9.96 billion enacted for this year.

FEMA gets high marks for Sandy response

"FEMA proactively prepared for Sandy, overcame staffing and operational challenges, overcame staff management issues, used a variety of sourcing mechanisms, and effectively coordinated response activities," the DHS OIG concludes in a newly released report.

2013 Atlantic hurricane season weaker than expected

This year's Atlantic hurricane season is on pace to see fewer hurricanes than expected and fewer than a typical season. Twelve named storms, only two of which became hurricanes, have occurred so far. Neither hurricane reached Category 3, the point at which a storm is considered a major hurricane.