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Recent attacks in the U.S. and Europe highlight the importance of strengthening and securing rail systems around the world.
Among other things, we looked at how the U.S. Transportation Security Administration works with U.S.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency distributes money to states, territories, and urban areas to help them get ready for potential terrorist attacks. The amounts provided are based in part on a model FEMA uses to rank the risk posed to each area.
What GAO Found Actions taken by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and two of its component agencies, the U.S. Coast Guard and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), as well as other federal agencies, to address cybersecurity in the maritime port environment have been limited.
What GAO Found We compared FEMA's training of reservists with the training provided to reservists at the SBA, the Forest Service, and the Coast Guard--agencies with a disaster mission--and found similarities and differences; and, moreover, FEMA had not examined other agencies' training programs to identify...