Emergency Response

The Government's Top Watchdog Has Added Pandemic Response to Its High-Risk List

Longstanding issues have exacerbated shortcomings during the COVID-19 pandemic, GAO says.

FEMA Experiences ‘Mass Exit’ of Employees Amid Surge in Disasters

The agency is still dealing with 1,000 disasters as its workload continues to climb.

More Than 2,000 Feds Deployed As Biden Administration Looks to Fight Omicron Surge

Meanwhile, some agencies start returning to maximum telework after previously bringing employees back.

Biden to Launch Federal COVID-19 Testing Centers, New Federally Run Vaccination Sites

White House again ups federal agency deployments to confront COVID-19 pandemic and the Omicron variant.

Biden Announces Tripling of Federal Deployments to Fight COVID-19 Surge

Agencies will send teams around the country ahead of winter and Omicron variant waves.

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.