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Senate Approves Funding Bill, House to Vote Thursday

The Senate approved a deal Monday to continue funding the federal government past Friday, the end of the fiscal year, avoiding a government shutdown. The House has scheduled a short session for Thursday to vote on the measure. Both bodies were scheduled to be in recess this week. Democrats and …

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Senate OKs $6.9B Disaster Fund Package

The Senate approved legislation Thursday for $6.9 billion in disaster aid funding until October 2012. However, Reuters reports the bill is unlikely to pass the House, where Republican leaders have insisted the disaster funds be offset with cuts in other spending. President Barack Obama had asked for $5.1 billion to …

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Ahead of Irene, DHS & FEMA Call Local Leaders

Hurricane Irene is putting the east coast on notice this weekend and putting the federal government on overdrive in its preparations. The federal government made one step in its preparations Thursday by convening a call with governors in seven states along the Atlantic coast, plus five mayors. Homeland Security Secretary …

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FEMA IT Problems Not Fixed, Senators Say

Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee chairman Joseph Lieberman, ID-Conn., and ranking member Susan Collins, R-Maine, sent a letter Tuesday to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, saying its disaster response system is undermined by its poor information technology management. The letter comes after a recent report by the Department …

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FEMA Head: Disaster Preparedness Includes Twitter

Using social media is  not just the province of smartphone-wielding tweens and narcissistic twenty-somethings anymore. In an interview with Nextgov, the top government official tasked with emergency relief said Twitter and other social media sites will be a major part of federal disaster preparedness. Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Craig …

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FCC Sets Stage for Nationwide Presidential Alerts

The Federal Communications Commission took the first steps in implementing the first-ever presidential alert for the national Emergency Alert System, when FCC voted last week to run a full test of the system and to provide rules for its use. The alert system is not a new concept, but the …

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House Approves $59 Billion for War Funding

The House Appropriations Committee yesterday passed a bill to increase funding for war efforts in Afghanistan and other programs. The House voted 308-114 on legislation that approves almost $59 billion for war efforts. It will allot nearly $37 billion to the military, which will go toward the surge of an …

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Napolitano Announces Billion-Dollar Preparedness Grants

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano yesterday announced more than $1.8 billion in fiscal year 2010 Federal Emergency Management Agency preparedness grants to help states, urban areas, tribal governments and nonprofit organizations boost their protection, prevention, response and recovery capabilities for risks associated with potential terrorist attacks and other …

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