Homeland Security Today – preparedness and security news – FEMA’s Metrics Lacking on Citizen Corps and the Ready Campaign

William Jenkins, Jr., GAO’s director of homeland security and justice issues, testified before the House Homeland Security subcommittee on Emergency Communications, Preparedness, and Response.

Jenkins, citing a just published GAO study he authored titled, Emergency Management : Preliminary Observations on FEMA’s Community Preparedness Programs Related to the National Preparedness System, said the study found that, in regard to the Citizens Corps, FEMA relies on states to verify the accuracy of data for its principal performance measure, the registered number of established volunteer organizations across the country. However, FEMA does not have a process for monitoring state validation efforts. In regard to the Ready Campaign the study found that although the Ready Campaign controls the content of its message, it is not positioned to control the distribution of its message or measure whether its message is changing individuals’ behavior.