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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Improve financial tracking for FEMA through use of eCAPS

Currently only disaster funds are allocated using FEMA's eCAPS system to generate 40-1s. Non-disaster funds are processed using paper 40-1s. The advantage of eCAPS is that approvals and routing are automatic in a web based application that's available nationally, required documents such as cost estimates, statements of work etc can be attached electronically, and financial activities can clearly be tracked and reported... more »

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Stop Redirection of FEMA/DHS Grants Except for Intended Purpose

Prohibit redirection of FEMA grant funds from their stated purpose. Audit all FEMA grants to local communities to ensure funding was used for the intended purpose. FEMA provided grants for several locations in Virginia to buy generators for their emergency shelters, but the funding was redirected for other purposes and the shelters still do not have generators. The local emergency management representatives state that... more »

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Arbitration needs to comply with programmatic guidance...

When awarding Arbitration decisions ensure the arbitration Arbitors use the programmatic guidance and regulations for that Agency that is awarding the grants, such as FEMA when making determinations. Otherwise, they are not following the letter or intent of the law and when the OIG auditor's prepare their audit the grantee's or sub-grantees will be out of compliance with DHS guidelines and will have to pay funding back.... more »

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FEMA Processing of Congressional Inquiries

I suggest creation of specific data section for Congressional Inquires FEMA processes.

Based on FEMA Preshift dated 4/22/2010 that is partially copied below

"CONGRESSIONAL INQUIRIES

Caseworker should review the Events Log and the Correspondence Tab to identify when a Congressional Inquiry has been initiated and resolved. If there are no comments in the events log that clearly outlines if a Congressional Inquiry has... more »

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FEMA Contract Inspectors use unique Inspector Numbers, do not reuse previously issued numbers

I suggest you eliminate the reuse of Inspector Numbers (identifiers) for FEMA Contract Inspectors

Contractors have been reusing Inspector Numbers (i.e. assign an "old" sequential inspector number to a "new" inspector.). This leads to confusion as "old" numbers tend to be associated with "seasoned" or "experienced" contract inspectors.

Review of Inspections with "old" Inspector Numbers tend to be cursory / casual... more »

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Automate FEMA Contractor Field Inspection Corrections

FEMA contracts inspectors to perform on site damage assessments.

FEMA Task Monitors (TM) look for certain data patterns that automatically indicate a problem with the contractor inspector data.

The FEMA TM's have reports created used to analyze and identify problematic data patterns.

(Reports created by the National Processing Service Center (NPSC) Enterprise Coordination & Information Management (EC&IM) Section... more »

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Decrease the amount of money spent on Night and Sunday Differential

Reduce the hours of operations for the National Processing Services Centers at FEMA during periods of decreased disaster activity in order to save the costs of night and Sunday differential salaries. By reducing the hours of operation at the NPSCs to mirror more standard business hours (8a-6p M-F), we can reduce differential payments to staff which can get as high as 30% of their salary on Sunday evenings. The vast... more »

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