‘The new agency, which would be called the National Preparedness and Response Authority, or NPRA, would have responsibility both for natural disasters, such as a hurricane, and a possible terror attack.‘
‘While the NPRA would be within DHS, it should be a “distinct entity” and should be protected from diminution by the department. Numerous witnesses testified that FEMA had been stripped of resources and power in recent years, making it less nimble and effective.‘
‘“The Director would have a direct line of communications to the President during catastrophes,” the report reads.‘
‘The committee’s recommendations went into great organizational detail, calling for more regional offices than the 10 FEMA now has, the consolidation of three interagency coordinating groups into one and greater funding for preparedness at the state and federal levels.‘
Amazing how things come full circle. They’re saying what many are saying without really saying it. huh? Yeah that’s return FEMA to an independent agency. Why? Well FEMA used to have a direct line to the president. FEMA used to have resources and power. FEMA seemed to work fine during the september 11th terrorism attacks. Amazing what FEMA has asked for (noted back in the post-katrina days) is now being said should be given to some other agency?
Of course now I can’t find the quote regarding how FEMA is broken due to a lack of leadership and funding…a quote made by a senate committee member. Think about that for a second. Read into that a bit. Who decides the leadership? Who decides the funding? So…who’s broken?
BUT, take the cash cow out of Homeland Security? Take away the Homeland Security privelege tax from the FEMA cash cow? Preposterous.
Its a wholesale housecleaning…..of an acronym.
Of course the problem isn’t this crazy DHS thing. Duh.
FEMA’s a good idea. DHS is not. Its creation was political, a ‘yes we’re doing something to change things due to sept 11th’. Why create an independent agency within a department? How does that make sense? I’d love to be there when this ‘independent agency within a department’ goes straight to the pres and the chertoff-esque guy is left out. That doesn’t work within the framework of politics nor the National Incident Management System.
Its the regulations that are the freaking problem, but they can’t admit that. That would mean votes.