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Homeland Security/Law Enforcement: FEMA Grants (2011-26)

The Federal Emergency Management Agency needs to improve its oversight of grants and establish a framework for assessing capabilities to identify gaps and prioritize investments.

Action:

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) could benefit from examining its grant programs and coordinating its application process to eliminate or reduce redundancy among grant recipients and program purposes.

Progress:

GAO is not assessing this action separately as it was consolidated under Action 2 in the 2012 Area 17 Homeland Security Grants Action Tracker entry.

Implementing Entity:

Federal Emergency Management Agency

Action:

Congress may wish to consider limiting preparedness grant funding to maintaining existing capabilities (as determined by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)) until FEMA completes a national preparedness assessment of capability gaps at each level based on tiered, capability-specific performance objectives to enable prioritization of grant funding.

Progress:

This action is addressed and a summary of progress is listed under Action 5 in the 2012 Area 17 Homeland Security Grants Action Tracker entry.

Implementing Entity:

Congress

Action:

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) should complete a national preparedness assessment of capability gaps at each level based on tiered, capability-specific performance objectives to enable prioritization of grant funding, and FEMA could identify the potential costs for establishing and maintaining those capabilities at each level and determine what capabilities federal agencies should provide.

Progress:

This action is being assessed under Action 6 in the 2012 Area 17 Homeland Security Grants Action Tracker entry.

Implementing Entity:

Federal Emergency Management Agency

Action:

Once the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has completed its assessment, Congress may wish to consider limiting the use of federal preparedness grant programs to fund only projects to fill identified, validated, and documented capability gaps that may (or may not) include maintaining existing capabilities developed.

Progress:

This action is being assessed under Action 7 in the 2012 Area 17 Homeland Security Grants Action Tracker entry.

Implementing Entity:

Congress
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