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  • Commentary posted October 30, 2012 by Matt A. Mayer Sandy's a FEMA-Sized Storm

    In a shameless attempt to politicize Hurricane Sandy, The New York Times rushed out an editorial, "A Big Storm Requires Big Government," attacking conservatives for advocating a rebalancing of disaster response responsibilities. The Times says the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) "was put back in working order by President Obama, but ideology still blinds…

  • WebMemo posted September 2, 2008 by James Jay Carafano, Ph.D. As Gustav Lands, There Are Lessons to Be Learned

    Hurricane Gustav, the largest and most dangerous storm to make landfall in recent years, roars ashore today. No doubt, politicians and pundits will be quick to make comparisons to the disaster response three years ago after Hurricane Katrina ravaged millions of square miles over three states and devastated coastal areas, including the city of New Orleans. In the wake…

  • Issue Brief posted March 2, 2016 by Justin Bogie A Primer on Disaster and Emergency Appropriations

    Each year, Congress appropriates billions of dollars in discretionary funding for disaster relief and emergencies. Some of that funding is provided through base appropriations measures, but a much larger portion is provided through annual Budget Control Act (BCA) cap adjustments that increase discretionary spending by billions of dollars, or—for larger expenses—by…

  • WebMemo on September 22, 2008 Removing FEMA from DHS Would Be a Terrible Mistake

    It's déjà vu all over again: People are arguing that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) should be taken out of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Recent disaster responses, from the California wildfires to Hurricane Ike, demonstrate that FEMA is operating effectively within the department. Congress should reject calls to make FEMA a stand-alone…

  • Testimony posted February 16, 2012 by David B. Muhlhausen, Ph.D. Disaster Response: Disaster Loan Fairness Act of 2011

    Before the Committee on Small Business, Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Tax and Capital Access of the United States House of Representatives Delivered February 16, 2012 Introduction My name is David Muhlhausen. I am Research Fellow in Empirical Policy Analysis in the Center for Data Analysis at The Heritage Foundation. I thank Chairman Joe Walsh,…

  • WebMemo posted March 15, 2011 by The Heritage Foundation Reviewing America’s Disaster Preparedness

    As Americans watch with horror, the death toll from the earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan continues to climb into the thousands. Recent experience has taught the U.S. the crippling effects of disasters—from earthquakes to hurricanes, floods, fires, and oil spills. It is vital that U.S. disaster preparedness undergo constant evaluation and that key changes are made…

  • WebMemo posted September 8, 2011 by The Heritage Foundation FEMA Reform and Disaster Response: Heritage Foundation Recommendations

    Hurricane Irene and the East Coast earthquake earlier that week put national attention once again on America’s disaster response system, especially the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). And once again, the problems that The Heritage Foundation has been pointing out for years—the federalization of routine disasters, FEMA’s funding issues, and the condition of…

  • Issue Brief posted May 18, 2012 by Matt A. Mayer Congress Should Act on FEMA’s Refusal to Reform

    It is one thing for government entities to dismiss the criticisms from outside groups. It is quite altogether something else to dismiss the criticisms of government-empowered investigators who have access to the closely held data. Based on its reaction to an audit by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General (OIG), the leadership at the…

  • Issue Brief posted November 29, 2012 by David B. Muhlhausen, Ph.D. Fire Grants: Do Not Reauthorize an Ineffective Program

    Senator Joseph Lieberman (I–CT) has filed an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013 (S. 3254) that would reauthorize the ineffective fire grant program. The amendment is a revised version of the Fire Grants Reauthorization Act of 2011 (S. 550), and it reauthorizes a grant program that has significant shortcomings. Ineffective…

  • Issue Brief posted June 11, 2012 by David C. John Reauthorize and Reform the Flood Insurance Program

    Congress should reauthorize and reform the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). The failure of Congress to pass a longer term reauthorization since the last one expired in September 2008 has delayed necessary reforms. In addition, since there are no private providers of general flood insurance coverage in the United States, all such policies come through the NFIP. The…

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  • Issue Brief posted March 2, 2016 by Justin Bogie A Primer on Disaster and Emergency Appropriations

    Each year, Congress appropriates billions of dollars in discretionary funding for disaster relief and emergencies. Some of that funding is provided through base appropriations measures, but a much larger portion is provided through annual Budget Control Act (BCA) cap adjustments that increase discretionary spending by billions of dollars, or—for larger expenses—by…

  • Issue Brief posted January 11, 2016 by David Inserra Top 5 Priorities for Homeland Security in 2016

    Policymakers, office-seekers, and the American people have numerous issues to consider in 2016. The following are the top five homeland security issues that Congress and the Administration need to consider this year.[1] 1. Immigration Enforcement. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) policy, most notably President Obama’s executive action on immigration in 2014, has…

  • Special Report posted October 24, 2013 by Steven P. Bucci, Ph.D., David Inserra, Jonathan Lesser, Ph.D., Matt A. Mayer, Brian Slattery, Jack Spencer, Katie Tubb After Hurricane Sandy: Time to Learn and Implement the Lessons in Preparedness, Response, and Resilience

    Sandy Makes Landfall Hurricane Sandy lived up to expectations in October 2012, delivering a powerful punch with heavy rains, strong winds, and significant storm surges. After taking 69 lives in the Caribbean, Sandy hit the eastern United States, where it claimed 72 more lives.[1] Coastal communities in the Mid-Atlantic were among the hardest hit by the storm. Flooding…

  • Issue Brief posted June 3, 2013 by Jessica Zuckerman, David Inserra Homeland Security Appropriations Need Different Priorities

    While the most recent continuing resolution contained a full year of funding for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the disorder of the overall budget process over the past several years has generally resulted in weak congressional guidance to DHS. It is important that Congress return to a normal appropriations process and express the right priorities to DHS…

  • Issue Brief posted April 12, 2013 by Matt A. Mayer Homeland Security: Developing a Strategic Road Map for the Future

    As the deadline for the second Quadrennial Homeland Security Review (QHSR) approaches at the end of this year, much attention is being given to the record of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and what the department’s proper role should be. Ultimately, the strategy cannot simply be to maintain the status quo, continuing down the same path for the next 10 years…

  • Issue Brief posted December 13, 2012 by Matt A. Mayer Hurricane Sandy: Disaster Aid Request Too Big

    The Obama Administration has requested $60.4 billion for the response and recovery related to Hurricane Sandy.[1] This enormous request vividly illustrates the problems with the federal government’s and the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) current approach to natural disasters. It also demonstrates the profligate spending approach taken by the Obama…

  • Issue Brief posted November 29, 2012 by David B. Muhlhausen, Ph.D. Fire Grants: Do Not Reauthorize an Ineffective Program

    Senator Joseph Lieberman (I–CT) has filed an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013 (S. 3254) that would reauthorize the ineffective fire grant program. The amendment is a revised version of the Fire Grants Reauthorization Act of 2011 (S. 550), and it reauthorizes a grant program that has significant shortcomings. Ineffective…

  • Issue Brief posted June 11, 2012 by David C. John Reauthorize and Reform the Flood Insurance Program

    Congress should reauthorize and reform the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). The failure of Congress to pass a longer term reauthorization since the last one expired in September 2008 has delayed necessary reforms. In addition, since there are no private providers of general flood insurance coverage in the United States, all such policies come through the NFIP. The…

  • Issue Brief posted May 18, 2012 by Matt A. Mayer Congress Should Act on FEMA’s Refusal to Reform

    It is one thing for government entities to dismiss the criticisms from outside groups. It is quite altogether something else to dismiss the criticisms of government-empowered investigators who have access to the closely held data. Based on its reaction to an audit by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General (OIG), the leadership at the…

  • Issue Brief posted February 15, 2012 by David B. Muhlhausen, Ph.D. Fire Grants: Do Not Reauthorize an Ineffective Program

    FYI: Heritage WebMemos are now called Issue Briefs. Senator Joseph Lieberman (I–CT) filed an amendment to reauthorize the ineffective fire grant program to the federal transportation bill, aptly named the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (S. 1813). The amendment is a revised version of the Fire Grants Reauthorization Act of 2011 (S. 550), and it…

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