The Department of Homeland Security's science and technology directorate in a Federal Emergency Management Agency exercise intending to simulate earthquake response and recovery efforts in Memphis, Tenn, DHS said Wednesday. The agency will team up with local, state, federal and international organizations to assess approaches and technologies in urban search and rescue and information sharing functions as part of the three-day Shaken Fury 2019 event.Read More »
Lytwaive Hutchinson, former vice director of the Defense Information Systems Agency’s Joint Service Provider, has been appointed to serve as the Federal Emergency Management Agency's chief information officer, Fedscoop reported Tuesday. She succeeds Adrian Gardner who will go on to serve as executive director of recovery communications technology within FEMA's Caribbean Area Division.Read More »
NASA and the Federal Emergency Management Agency are planning to conduct an asteroid impact simulation with international partners. The two agencies will take part in a simulated tabletop exercise through which they will work to identify critical aspects and issues of disaster response for a possible asteroid impact, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory said Wednesday.Read More »
President Trump intends to nominate Jeffrey Byard, associate administrator for response and recovery at the Federal Emergency Management Agency, as administrator of FEMA within the Department of Homeland Security. Previously, he worked as an executive operations officer and mitigation division planner at the Alabama Emergency Management Agency and led evacuation efforts for the state during Hurricane Gustav, the White House said Friday.Read More »
Roger Stone, formerly deputy senior director of resilience policy of the National Security Council, has been named director of information technology at the White House, FedScoop reported Monday. He succeeds Chris Herndon, who served as head of IT for two years, and will serve as chief information officer of the executive offices of the president and vice president.
The inspector general of the Department of Homeland Security released a report assessing the Federal Emergency Management Agency's oversight of an alert and warning system used to inform the public of natural disasters or emergency situations.Read More »
Pete Gaynor, former director of the Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency, has been confirmed by the Senate to serve as a deputy administrator of the agency's national branch.Read More »
The Department of Homeland Security‘s inspector general has urged the department to boost oversight and accountability in the use of suspension and debarment powers to exclude certain entities from government contracts, grants and assistance. DHS IG said in a report published Jan. 25 that DHS’ Suspension and Debarment Instruction is outdated …Read More »