The white paper entitled, Redefining Federal Disaster Management: Envisioning a New Office for Federal Disaster Recovery Management, can be found on the Reznick website at http://www.reznickgroup.com/
Author and Reznick Group Principal Timothy Bender writes that, “In the minds of many, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is the public face of government disaster response. In point of fact, however, responsibility for disaster response is spread over dozens of federal, state and local entities, as well as nongovernmental organizations such as the Red Cross.”
The paper notes that, “There is, however, no overarching body that is able to coordinate with authority the distribution of short-term and long-term responsibility among agencies. While FEMA’s mandate includes the coordination of first response, in practice it lacks the authority to direct the actions of other agencies, particularly over a longer time frame.” It goes on to say that a, “structural problem involves the sharing of information across agencies and jurisdictions.”
The paper concludes that, “The solution, then, is to redefine federal disaster recovery management to include the entire spectrum of activities between first response and the completion of long-term recovery efforts. This redefined mandate could be overseen by a new disaster recovery project management office, which would have the authority to coordinate resources and responsibilities for overall disaster recovery, from immediate response to long-term reconstruction. FEMA would still be responsible for coordinating first response, but the new office—which could be part of FEMA, another agency or department, or independent—
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