FEMA disaster Management
September 5, 2009 at 12:33 pm #79726
Having been directly involved with FEMA during Katrina in New Orleans NOT at all certain that centralizing the system would have had any other effect that making a system which was rather chaotic even worse and added significantly to the timeline for providing relieve”
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IG: FEMA needs centralized IT for disaster relief
Sep 02, 2009
The Federal Emergency Management Agency should centralize how it buys disaster-aid goods and services into a single system supported by integrated information technology systems, its parent department’s inspector general recommends.
FEMA, part of the Homeland Security Department, currently uses a combination of warehoused goods, interagency agreements, new contracts and existing contracts to get disaster supplies and services, and decisions about disaster relief sourcing don’t allow for centralized decisions, DHS Inspector General Richard Skinner wrote in a report published Sept. 1.
Also, FEMA’s processes for disaster relief sourcing are inefficient, duplicative, not strategic and not transparent, Skinner wrote.
“We recommend that FEMA adopt the single-point ordering concept and invest in the necessary information technology systems to make sourcing and supply movement transparent,” Skinner wrote.
FEMA agreed with the recommendation and previously had agreed in principle that it needs to implement a single-point ordering concept for disaster relief goods and services, the report said.
“However, implementation of this concept has been limited owing to existing stovepipes, overreliance on the existing sourcing process, and poor integration of information technology systems,” Skinner wrote.
Earlier this year, FEMA was seeking a contractor to help develop its Total Asset Visibility program in its logistics management unit to provide greater transparency into the purchase and disbursement of disaster-related goods and services.
September 5, 2009 at 9:36 pm #79729
Having also been involved in supplying FEMA post-Katrina, nothing will help as long as FEMA is DHS’ child. The added bureacracy of DHS means that FEMA can never respond as fast as needed during times of crisis. Set FEMA free!
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