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FEMA has long been tasked with the difficult job of leading the federal response to natural disasters. We testified about challenges facing its workforce.
The frequency of disasters is increasing but FEMA has staffing shortages.
To see the version of this page in English, see GAO-22-104680.
Las pandillas y los cárteles de droga cometen gran parte de la violencia en Belice, El Salvador, Guatemala y Honduras. Las armas de fuego que usan son en su mayoría de otros países, incluido EE. UU.
Natural disasters can be devastating for K-12 schools—especially in areas where people were already vulnerable.
Most school districts that received key federal recovery grants in the wake of 2017-2019 disasters had higher than average proportions of students from socially vulnerable groups (e.
Under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services can provide temporary protection from removal for certain noncitizens who came to the United States before age 16.
Ships that transport liquefied natural gas and other highly combustible gases could pose safety and environmental risks. The U.S. Coast Guard is required to conduct compliance exams for these gas carriers annually, but a shortage of about 400 marine inspectors sometimes leads to exam delays.
Para la versión de esta página en español, ver a GAO-22-105509.
Gangs and drug cartels commit much of the violence in Belize, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. The guns they use are mostly from other countries, including the U.S.
How does the federal judiciary know when it needs a new courthouse?
Every year, it scores the more than 400 courthouses nationwide on how they meet security, space, building condition, and functionality standards.
The Department of Homeland Security and its contractors collect and maintain large amounts of personally identifiable information (PII)—such as a person's date of birth and social security number.
DHS has developed policies to ensure that its contractors protect PII.
The Defense Production Act allows federal agencies to require companies to prioritize government contracts for medical supplies to address national emergencies, like COVID-19. Federal agencies have used DPA authorities to expand production of COVID-related medical supplies.