Emergency preparedness (111 - 120 of 302 items)
Internet Infrastructure: DHS Faces Challenges in Developing a Joint Public/Private Recovery Plan
GAO-06-672: Published: Jun 16, 2006. Publicly Released: Jul 28, 2006.
Since the early 1990s, growth in the use of the Internet has revolutionized the way that our nation communicates and conducts business. While the Internet was originally developed by the Department of Defense, the vast majority of its infrastructure is currently owned and operated by the private sector. Federal policy recognizes the need to prepare for debilitating Internet disruptions and tasks t...
Homeland Defense: National Guard Bureau Needs to Clarify Civil Support Teams' Mission and Address Management Challenges
GAO-06-498: Published: May 31, 2006. Publicly Released: Jun 30, 2006.
To prepare for potential attacks in the United States involving weapons of mass destruction (WMD), Congress approved the development of National Guard Civil Support Teams (CST) tasked to identify chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, or high-yield explosive weapons; assess consequences; advise civil authorities on response measures; and assist with requests for additional support. Thus far,...
Homeland Security: DHS Is Addressing Security at Chemical Facilities, but Additional Authority Is Needed
GAO-06-899T: Published: Jun 21, 2006. Publicly Released: Jun 21, 2006.
Terrorist attacks on U.S. chemical facilities could damage public health and the economy. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) coordinates federal efforts to protect these facilities from attacks. GAO was asked to provide a statement for the record based on its report Homeland Security: DHS Is Taking Steps to Enhance Security at Chemical Facilities, but Additional Authority Is Needed (GAO-06-...
Department of Homeland Security's Use of Special Streamlined Acquisition Authorities in Section 833 of the Homeland Security Act of 2002
GAO-06-783R: Published: Jun 20, 2006. Publicly Released: Jun 20, 2006.
In creating the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in the wake of September 11, 2001, some in Congress were concerned that the Department might not be able to conduct acquisitions with sufficient speed, particularly in an emergency. To that end, Congress enacted section 833 of the Homeland Security Act of 2002, which provides DHS with special streamlined acquisition authorities. Before those au...
Anthrax: Federal Agencies Have Taken Some Steps to Validate Sampling Methods and to Develop a Next-Generation Anthrax Vaccine
GAO-06-756T: Published: May 9, 2006. Publicly Released: May 9, 2006.
GAO has done many studies over the past 7 years on anthrax vaccine safety and anthrax detection methods. GAO has reported the lack of validated methods for detecting anthrax contamination and has recommended a coordinated approach to improving the overall process for detecting anthrax that included a probability-based sampling strategy. GAO also reported that the vaccine has not been adequately te...
Homeland Security: The Status of Strategic Planning in the National Capital Region
GAO-06-559T: Published: Mar 29, 2006. Publicly Released: Mar 29, 2006.
Congress asked GAO to provide comments on the National Capital Region's (NCR) strategic plan. GAO reported on NCR strategic planning, among other issues, in May 2004 and September 2004, testified before the House Committee on Government Reform in June 2004, and testified before the Subcommittee on Oversight of Government Management, the Federal Workforce, and the District of Columbia in July 2005...
Agency Management of Contractors Responding to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita
GAO-06-461R: Published: Mar 15, 2006. Publicly Released: Mar 15, 2006.
In February 2006, we briefed Congress on the results of our review of various contracting issues related to the Gulf Coast hurricanes. We conducted this work under the Comptroller General's statutory authority in order to assess how three agencies--the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), and the General Services Administration (GSA)--planned for an...
Hurricane Katrina: GAO's Preliminary Observations Regarding Preparedness, Response, and Recovery
GAO-06-442T: Published: Mar 8, 2006. Publicly Released: Mar 8, 2006.
The size and strength of Hurricane Katrina resulted in one of the largest natural disasters in our nation's history. Hurricane Katrina raised major questions about our nation's readiness and ability to respond to catastrophic disasters. Hurricane Rita increased demands on an already stressed response and recovery effort by all levels of government. The two hurricanes provided a sobering picture of...
Homeland Security: DHS Is Taking Steps to Enhance Security at Chemical Facilities, but Additional Authority Is Needed
GAO-06-150: Published: Jan 27, 2006. Publicly Released: Feb 27, 2006.
Terrorist attacks on U.S. chemical facilities could damage public health and the economy. While the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) formerly led federal efforts to ensure chemical facility security, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is now the lead federal agency coordinating efforts to protect these facilities from terrorist attacks. GAO reviewed (1) DHS's actions to develop a strat...
Emergency Preparedness and Response: Some Issues and Challenges Associated with Major Emergency Incidents
GAO-06-467T: Published: Feb 23, 2006. Publicly Released: Feb 23, 2006.
This testimony discusses the challenges of effective emergency preparedness for, response to, and recovery from major emergencies, including catastrophic incidents. Effective emergency preparedness and response for major events requires the coordinated planning and actions of multiple players from multiple first responder disciplines, jurisdictions, and levels of government as well as nongovernmen...