Reports

White House Report - The Federal Response to Hurricane Katrina: Lessons Learned

"...the true transformation envisioned in this report will require a sustained commitment over time by the federal governmant as well as by state and local governments that have essential duties in responding to disasters..." Frances Townsend

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GAO - Disaster Preparedness: Preliminary Observations on the Evacuation of Hospitals and Nursing Homes Due to Hurricanes

State and local governments can order evacuations of the population or segments of the population during emergencies, but health care facilities may be exempt from these orders.

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Government Accountability Office (GAO) - Significant Management Challenges May Adversely Affect Implementation of the Transportation Security Administration's Secure Flight Program

TSA has made some progress in developing and testing the Secure Flight program. However, it has not followed a disciplined life-cycle approach to manage systems development, or fully defined system requirements.

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GAO - FEMA's Control Weaknesses Exposed the Government to Significant Fraud and Abuse

"We identified significant flaws in the process for registering disaster victims that leave the federal government vulnerable to fraud and abuse of EA payments."

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GAO - Statement by Comptroller General David M. Walker on GAO's Preliminary Observations Regarding Preparedness and Response to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita

First, prior to a catastrophic event, the leadership roles, responsibilities, and lines of authority for the response at all levels must be clearly defined and effectively communicated...

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Restoring American Military Power, A Progressive Quadrennial Defense Review

"This strategy will lead to a stronger, faster, and more flexible military that is better able to deal with both asymmetric and traditional threats." Center for American Progress

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GAO - Visitor and Immigrant Status Program Operating, But Management Improvements Are Still Needed

DHS has more to do to implement GAO (Government Accountability Office) recommendations aimed at better ensuring that US-VISIT is maximizing its potential for success and holding itself accountable for results.

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GAO - Combating Terrorism, Determining and Reporting Federal Funding Data

"In 2002, GAO reported on the difficulties that the executive branch faced in reporting funding for combating terrorism to Congress (see GAO-03- 170). This report updates the information contained in the 2002 report..."

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National Homeland Security Academy Act of 2005 (Introduced in Senate)

In Senate Bill S.2158, the Senate finds that "homeland security poses a complex challenge for the Nation that can only be successfully addressed by the combined effort of Federal, State, and local governments and the private sector..."

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DCSINT Handbook No.104

Defense Support to Civil Authorities: WMD/E Consequence Management is a supplemental handbook that presents an appreciation of U.S. military forces and their roles as part of DoD support to Federal emergency-response in a terrorist WMD/E incident.

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