Tag Archives: Federal Emergency Management Agency

FEMA Unveils Plans to Implement New Cybersecurity Controls; Ted Okada Quoted

Cybersecurity Controls

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has teamed up with information technology organizations under the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to establish cybersecurity controls that could automate security processes. Ted Okada, chief technology officer at FEMA, said the agency intends to adopt a zero-trust security posture and handle as well as compute data at the edge.

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Alejandro Mayorkas: DHS to Increase Minimum Cyber Spending to 7.5% Via FEMA Grant Awards

Alejandro Mayorkas

Alejandro Mayorkas, secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and a 2021 Wash100 Award recipient, said DHS will raise the required minimum cybersecurity spending through Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) grant awards from 5 percent to 7.5 percent, reflecting a $25 million increase across the country. He said DHS has started to assess and implement additional capabilities, including potential new grant initiatives. 

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DHS Head Alejandro Mayorkas Eyes Cyber Grant Spending Increase, Anti-Ransomware Campaigns

Alejandro Mayorkas

Alejandro Mayorkas, secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and 2021 Wash100 Award winner, plans to raise minimum spending for Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) grants focused on cybersecurity in a push to drive cyber awareness. DHS said Monday that the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) will oversee the implementation of potential cyber-focused grant programs as part of Mayorkas’ initiative.

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NIST, FEMA Devise Earthquake Recovery Roadmap; Siamak Sattar Quoted

Earthquake Recovery

Congress directed the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)to create approaches that may mitigate the potential effects of major earthquakes. The partnership formed a group of over 30 building owners, social scientists, building owners, architects and engineers to explore various options and address concerns in standards, practices and policies. 

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Former FEMA Officer Deanne Criswell Gets Agency Administrator Nomination

Deanne Criswell

Deanne Criswell, who worked at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) from 2011 to 2017, was nominated by President-elect Joe Biden to serve as administrator of FEMA. Biden also chose David Cohen, former deputy director of the CIA and current head of WilmerHale’s business and financial integrity group, to assume the position he held at the agency from 2015 to 2017.

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FEMA Chief Pete Gaynor to Serve as Acting DHS Secretary

Pete Gaynor

Pete Gaynor, administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), will serve as acting secretary at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). He will succeed Chad Wolf, who announced his resignation Monday in a letter obtained by the publication. Gaynor told his staff he will take over as interim secretary of homeland security and serve in that capacity through Jan. 20th.

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Bipartisan Law Seeks to Improve FEMA’s Advance Contracting Process; Rep. Bennie Thompson Quoted

Federal Emergency

President Trump signed into law a bipartisan bill to improve the process of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for awarding contracts before disasters strike to ensure readiness, Government Executive reported Monday. Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, introduced the bill in the lower chamber.

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DHS OIG Report: FEMA Should Address Data Quality Issues in New System for Flood Insurance Program


The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) office of inspector general has issued a report saying the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration (FIMA) has experienced improvements after it modernized the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) system but still needs to address data quality issues in its new NFIP platform.

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DoD’s Joint Acquisition Task Force to Become Defense Assisted Acquisition Cell; Hon. Ellen Lord Quoted

Hon. Ellen Lord

The Joint Acquisition Task Force established by the Department of Defense (DoD) to help coordinate the delivery of acquisition support to other agencies during the COVID-19 pandemic will be called the Defense Assisted Acquisition Cell and will operate under the Joint Rapid Acquisition Cell starting next year, Federal News Network reported Wednesday.

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