Chris Krebs, the director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency at DHS, said recent ransomware attacks on Baltimore, Louisiana and Texas brought to light the need for a more coordinated federal, state, local and private sector response to cyber attacks.
The Red Cross and FEMA are supposed to coordinate with local air providers to make sure victims get what they need. But three hurricanes in 2017 showed the planning needs sharpening.
Acting DHS Inspector General John V. Kelly stepped down from his post Monday, earlier than he previously expected, following the watchdog office’s rare reversal of more than a dozen reports posted on its website.
Terry Gerton is the president and CEO of the National Academy of Public Administration and said government cannot let the tech industry write the rules of the game.
Federal agencies might be placing too much emphasis on physical infrastructure as a measure of resilience and not enough on social capital.
The Army Corps of Engineers was part of the all-of-government response to Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.
When Hurricane Matthew made landfall in the United States in early October, it was a chance for the Federal Emergency Management Agency to prove it’s learned from its mistakes.
Emergency management agencies say existing social media channels are often their best way to crowdsource and collect important information during a major weather event or natural disaster. Agencies such as FEMA and the Health and Human Services Department are adapting their strategy to embrace the “social listening” concept.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency wants state and local governments to pony up more money before receiving FEMA assistance for recovery after disasters. A proposed rule would create a sort of disaster deductible. FEMA believes that would persuade state and local governments to take more action to reduce risk. Joshua Batkin, director of FEMA’s Office of External Affairs, spoke to Federal News Radio’s Eric White on Federal Drive with Tom Temin about the proposed rule.
The nation’s public transportation systems will be stronger when the next major storm hits. Adam Schildge is a senior program analyst at the Federal Transit Administration. He’s in charge of a $3.6 billion competitive grant program. He developed a new methodology to help decide which public transportation projects might get hit in another storm in the future and which ones should get a resilience grant. He’s a finalist for a Service to America medal in the Call to Service category. He tells In Depth with Francis Rose how he started his federal career.