The federal government has a plan for disaster response but sort of fall short when it comes to execution.
In today's Newscast, the president wants to set aside $18 billion to repair and modernize VA facilities, and also invest $10 billion in other federal buildings.
In response to the pandemic, a non-profit of business executives devoted to national security issues created a commission to examine how to improve federal emergency response. Their recommendations include broadening the definition of “disasters” to include pandemics and cyber incidents.
FEMA must strike a balance in alignment with its risk appetite and move forward in a post-COVID world with sharpened capabilities and a “trust but verify” approach.
In today's Federal Newscast, mass vaccination sites staffed by active duty military members are now up and running in three more cities, with more set to come online in the next few days.
"Go forth, do the people's business, and be kind to one another," says a retired fed.
Many federal advisory boards continue to operate normally. One of them is the National Advisory Council supporting FEMA. Tom Temin spoke to acting director Rob Long.
Forward-thinking agencies have realized that the expectations Americans have as consumers also frame their interactions with the government, and the President’s Management Agenda has made improving those interactions a top priority.
In today's Federal Newscast, the Education Department's inspector general says the agency developed a decent enough reopening plan for its employees during the pandemic.
The initiatives FEMA began over the course of the last 18 months to address harassment, discrimination and employee engagement challenges in the workforce will require "constant maintenance" from future leaders and current career executives, said agency Administrator Peter Gaynor.
A recent survey of employees at the Federal Emergency Management Agency found 20% of the workforce had experienced some kind of sexual or gender-based harassment or discrimination on the job.
In today's Federal Newscast, an employee survey the RAND Corporation conducted on FEMA's behalf shows some disturbing trends.
The State Department created an intra-agency team to reimagine many of its business and administrative processes now that the initial urgency of the pandemic has passed.
DISA officials say the workscape will never look the same again now that DoD has seen what telework can do.