Department of Homeland Security

FEMA's Conversion of CORE employees to Permanent Full-Time status.

FEMA could save money and better control its yearly budget by converting their CORE employees to a Permanent Full Time status. The agency furloughs employees due to lack of work to save money on payroll; but in reality, when theres a major disaster, they typically tend to call back the employees they released, of which approximately half of them come back while the rest of them either found another job or got tired of... more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Work Camps

Unemployment in this country is at emergency levels. Welfare recipients need not just be given food, clothing and housing, but they need to learn some valuable life skills. Since this is an emergency, I suggest that FEMA set up camps (similar to those set up for hurricanes and natural disasters) that are designed to put the welfare recipients to work. Anyone who wants to receive free government benefits is welcome... more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Implement the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and an integrated National Coordination System

Revisit, improve, upgrade, and implement Homeland Security Presidential Directive 5 (HSPD 5), and the corresponding National Incident Management System (NIMS) and National Response Plan (NRP) / National Response Framework (NRF). * Ensure the NIMS and NRP are effectively built and implemented per the executive order and corresponding legislation (they are not currently). * Add a requirement to build a national coordination... more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Effectivenes of FIRM production

By definition maps are done by cartographers. The government has good cartographers working for DOD and other cartographic agencies. Can FEMA improve the production of FIRMs by utilizing and establishing processes that have been implemented by DOD in quality control and production, as well as learning from these professionals?

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Department of Homeland Security

Regionalize the Department of Homeland Security

Regionalize the Department of Homeland Security. Not only is there a basis for this in law, but it would address a wide range of efficiency and effectiveness issues. * Create standard interstate DHS Regions, and suggest these be based on the FEMA regions as FEMA has the closest relationships with the states through a number of channels. Co-locate many DHS functions and facilities at the same place or in close proximity,... more »

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Department of Justice

Use Federal Inmate Labor to Refurbish FEMA Trailers

I suggest the creation of a new federal prison industry (UNICOR) specialization, specifically, the refurbishment of FEMA trailers. Currently, used FEMA trailers are auctioned off to the public after they have been used in the wake of a disaster. The government does not recoup enough money when items like used trailers are sold at auction. If inmates in the Federal Bureau of Prisons, under the supervision and technical... more »

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Department of Homeland Security

FEMA IT should not use the CMMI model

With the award of the EADIS contract, FEMA IT has settled on the Capability Maturity Model as the governing model for IT processes. The CMMI model as implemented by FEMA and the EADIS contractor is focused on management of only a few releases per year scheduled far in advance. Typically, planning is done for a release at least 8 months in advance. FEMA’s mission of disaster response and recovery runs counter to this... more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Require FEMA to Conduct Cost-Benefit Analysis for Homeland Security Grants

Require FEMA to conduct a cost-benefit study of the Homeland Security Grant Programs. Homeland Security Grants have been used for years to provide funds for improving security for faclities and communities across the country; however, no assessment has been made by FEMA concerning the efficacy of the grants at reducing risk. FEMA should conduct an analysis, either by using existing data or through leveraging assessment... more »

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Department of Homeland Security

FEMA Inspections

I suggest FEMA inspect the residence and property once. At this time inspections generated for each registration, no matter if the registrants are roommates, family living in the same house, or boarders living together in the same house. If these are combined it will save millions of dollars. This will not be perfect and reinspection of the same property will occur, but that should be the exception, not the rule.

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Department of Homeland Security

Reduce operational expenses and recovery period

In order to improve the quality of work and reduce the time it takes to provide support and resolution to disasters and in turn reduce the costs incurred, deploying National Processing Service Center (NPSC) employees to the Joint Field Offices set up for disasters in the local areas could result in lower operational costs and a faster recovery time for citizens affected by a disaster. By utilizing more of the NPSC employees... more »

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Department of Homeland Security

PROVIDE PERMANENT GOVERNMENT STATUS TO ALL FEMA EMPLOYEES WITH 3 OR MORE YEARS OF CONTINUOUS SERVICE

One way to have government Money and to help it to its job better would be to >>> Give permanent fulltime status to all FEMA employees who have served in their positions for 3 or more years. This would 1)reduce worker related stress 2) cut down on sick time 3) Decrease turnover and cost associated with training a new employee due to losing a fully trained Emergency Management Professional. Most FEMA employees who... more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Provide Basic Emergency Kits

Experts have identified some basic items that every person or family should have in case of an emergency. Unfortunately, it is the people with less economic means that don't really have adequate preparation for disasters--and end up needing the most help during disaster events. Studies have shown that, for whatever reason, many people still don't create their emergency kits. If emergency kits were provided to the public... more »

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Legislative Branch

One-Stop-Shop for Federal Planning Programs

Consolidate resources with a “ONE STOP SHOP” that processes, reviews, and issues decisions for federally required plans and grants to our States, Tribes, and Locals for federal programs that support key sustainable community development programs and also risk reduction (HUD, DOT, EPA, DHS/FEMA, NOAA, USDA, DOI, USACE). This supports more effective customer service, more efficient reviews, and most importantly integration... more »

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