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Five Questions for FEMA in Harvey, Irma Disaster Recovery

Texas and Louisiana are receiving $15 billion to help with recovery after Hurricane Harvey, and the aftermath of Hurricane Irma may require further federal money. Whenever amounts of money of this size are allocated or disbursed, accountability is fundamental. Here are five questions FEMA, state and local leaders, and others should be asking.

Considerations for Congress in Harvey Disaster Assistance

Congress has less than a month to tackle a long list of priorities before the end of the fiscal year. Not least among these to-dos is coming up with a Disaster Assistance bill to look after the millions of people affected by Hurricane Harvey. Here are points Congress must weigh as it debates recovery funding.

Contemplating the Future of a DHS Campus at St. Elizabeth’s

TSA and USCIS are moving to new headquarters buildings but not to the long-planned St. Elizabeth’s campus. Congress needs to start asking questions about whether these moves make budgetary sense and what will happen to the DHS HQ consolidation at St. Elizabeth’s.

Hurricane Season Readiness and the Need for NFIP Reauthorization

While the 2017 hurricane season has been remarkably calm compared to the epic years of the past, there is a looming disaster if Congress does not reauthorize the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). It has until September 30 to reauthorize a program that five million policyholders are dependent upon for their security.

Improving DHS Rulemaking through Public Comments on Regulatory Costs

Though regulations are intended to advance public wellbeing, during the rulemaking process, federal agencies often make missteps in factoring potential costs imposed by regulatory actions. This is where public participation in the regulatory process is essential.

Regulatory Accountability Act – How You Can Help Improve DHS Regulations

The regulatory process needs public input to guide how rules are designed and implemented. This means businesses, organizations and individuals should take part through public comments. It could help you save money.

DHS Budget – Public Rhetoric vs. Budget Reality

The rhetoric from DHS leadership about the overwhelming need for cybersecurity talent, as well as other stated priorities, does not match the reality of the DHS FY18 budget proposal.

Gov. Christie Nominated for FEMA Administrator! Sheila Jackson Lee Hosts The Apprentice! UFC Fighter Takes Over as WH Press Sec! Really?!

In Security Debrief’s 8th annual April Fools coverage, we’ve collected stories the rest of the media somehow missed…

Wanted: A Better Homeland Security Budget

The Administration’s proposed budget cuts to several agencies threaten progress and would make the country less safe.

Senate Commerce Committee Hearing on TSA Goes to the Dogs

When it comes to aviation security and cargo screening, until technology is as reliable and effective as a canine’s nose, we need more trained dogs.