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.
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.
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.
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.
"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."
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 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.
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.
A rule proposed Federal Communications Commission would require wireless carriers to publicly disclose the percentage of their cell sites operational during and following a disaster. The commission hopes that by allowing consumers to compare wireless carrier performance it can encourage competition to improve network reliability, said the agency in a Sept. 26 announcement.
The Department of Housing and Urban Development delayed disbursing supplemental Hurricane Sandy relief payments because of insurance red tape, HUD Director Shaun Donovan told a Senate panel Sept. 18.