Reports

Children in Disasters: Do Americans Feel Prepared?

The purpose of the study was to learn more about people's opinions and attitudes toward disaster preparedness with a focus on children in disasters. Findings from this national survey have identified important insights into the lack of preparedness among U.S. households as well as a lack of progress in integrating families and children into community disaster planning.

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Worldwide Threat Assessment of the US Intelligence Community

James R. Clapper, Director of National Intelligence for the U.S., offered this Statement of the United States Intelligence Community's 2016 assessment of threats to US national security. Global threats discussed include cyber and technology, terrorism, weapons of mass destruction and proliferation, space and counterspace, counterintelligence, transnational organized crime, economics and natural resources, and human security.

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Ongoing Challenges and Future Considerations for DHS Biosurveillance Efforts

This statement describes progress and challenges that the U.S. Government Accountability Office has reported in the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) implementation of the National Biosurveillance Integration Center and BioWatch as well as considerations for the future of biosurveillance efforts at DHS.

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Federal Emergency Management Agency: Strengthening Regional Coordination Could Enhance Preparedness Efforts

This U.S. Government Accountability Office reviewed the extent to which the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and regional offices have: (a) addressed preparedness grant management coordination challenges; (b) established a system to assess National Incident Management System implementation; and (c) collaborated with Regional Advisory Council stakeholders.

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Public Health Preparedness: 2016 National Snapshot

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response (OPHPR) leads the agency's preparedness and response activities by providing strategic direction, support, and coordination for activities. This report highlights how OPHPR strengthens the nation's health security to save lives and protect against public health threats.

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Department of Homeland Security Appropriations: FY 2016

This report discusses the FY2016 appropriations for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and provides an overview of the administration's FY2016 request. The report makes note of many budgetary resources provided to DHS, but its primary focus is on funding approved by Congress through the appropriations process.

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The Federal Cybersecurity Workforce: Background and Congressional Oversight Issues for the Departments of Defense and Homeland Security

This report examines congressional oversight of two strategies undertaken by Congress and the executive branch to strengthen the federal cybersecurity workforce: (a) initiatives to define and identify the federal cybersecurity workforce, and (b) hiring and pay flexibilities applicable to cybersecurity positions at DOD and DHS.

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Emerging Animal Diseases:Actions Needed to Better Position USDA to Address Future Risks

The United States Government Accountability Office was asked to review federal actions to address Swine Enteric Coronavirus Diseases (SECD) outbreaks. This report examines (a) the initial response to the SECD outbreaks, (b) USDAs subsequent actions to manage SECD, and (c) steps USDA has taken to improve its future response to emerging animal diseases.

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DHS' Ebola Response Needs Better Coordination, Training, and Execution

As part of the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) response to prevent the spread of Ebola in the United States, DHS instituted additional screenings at U.S. ports of entry for passengers traveling from Ebola-affected countries. This audit was conducted to determine whether DHS has effectively implemented its enhanced screening measures to respond to an Ebola outbreak.

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Assistance to Firefighters Program: Distribution of Fire Grant Funding

The Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program, which is currently administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Department of Homeland Security, provides federal grants directly to local fire departments and unaffiliated emergency medical services (EMS) organizations to help address a variety of equipment, training, and other firefighter-related and EMS needs.

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