Emergency Response

House Panel’s Annual Defense Policy Bill Includes Leave Flexibility for Pentagon Contractors

Trade association urges lawmakers to expand the language to include all federal contractors for the next emergency.

Biden Taps FEMA Official to Lead Afghan Resettlement Efforts as Agency Deploys Thousands in Ida Response

Agencies are sending employees throughout the United States and around the world in a scramble to tackle multiple crises at once.

Senate-Approved Infrastructure Bill Would Raise Wildland Firefighter Pay

The bill also would increase the number of full-time federal firefighters.

Agencies Ramp Up COVID-19 Deployments Again to Address Outbreaks

White House launches “surge response teams” just as agencies were starting to bring back federal personnel.

FEMA Seeks More Staff as It Rests Beleaguered Employees Ahead of Busy Season

Federally run vaccination sites are closing and employees are returning from the border as hurricane and wildfire seasons loom.

With Hurricane Season Looming, FEMA Aims to Stave Off Burnout After 'Tiresome' Year

Some offices are at 10% capacity due to widespread deployments, leaving few employees behind to prepare for upcoming storms.

Faulty Planning and Coordination Hampered the Government's Early Pandemic Repatriation Efforts

"Serious" and "fundamental" challenges put feds, American public's health and safety at risk, GAO finds.

The Biden Administration Is Recruiting Feds Across Government to Assist With COVID-19 Vaccination Campaign

The Homeland Security Department is using a provision of post-Hurricane Katrina law for just the second time ever for the initiative.

Agencies Face Significant Challenges in Distributing Unprecedented Sums of COVID-19 Relief

Some agencies are already running into hurdles, while others hope recent experience will ease the process.

Biden Taps FEMA to Run Interagency Effort to House Record Influx of Migrant Children

Agencies have struggled to keep pace with the unprecedented number of unaccompanied minors arriving at the southwest border.

Winter Storm Hampers COVID Vaccine Shipments and Distribution

Biden administration officials express confidence in mitigating the impacts. 

Bipartisan Law Enacted to Improve FEMA’s Pre-Disaster Contracts

The law is based on recommendations from a 2018 Government Accountability Office report. 

Disasters Are Inevitable; Government’s Inadequate Response Is Not

New research analyzing the responses of hundreds of local leaders identified common obstacles and proven ways to overcome them.

GovExec Daily: The Dwindling Number of Feds Assisting in the COVID-19 Fight

Eric Katz joins the podcast to discuss the cut of personnel assisting in the response.

GovExec Daily: Disaster Management Amid the Pandemic

Former FEMA official Carlos Castillo joins the show to explain how the agency is working emergency management during the COVID-19 crisis.