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Government Report: Flood Insurance: Public Policy Goals Provide a Framework for Reform: Congressional Testimony

Flood Insurance: Public Policy Goals Provide a Framework for Reform: Congressional Testimony

by Orice Williams Brown
Paperback, 21 pages, 2011, $20.00
ISBN: 1437988024

The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) has been on the high-risk list since 2006, when the program had to borrow form the U.S. Treasury to cover losses from the 2005 hurricanes.

The outstanding debt is $17.8 billion as of June 2011. This sizeable debt, plus operational and mgmt. challenges at FEMA, which administers NFIP, have combined to keep the program on the high-risk list. NFIP’s need to borrow to cover claims in years of catastrophic flooding has raised concerns about the program’s long-term financial solvency.

This testimony: (1) discusses ways to place NFIP on a sounder financial footing; and (2) highlights operational and mgmt. challenges at FEMA that affect the program. This is a print on demand report.

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July 28, 2011 at 9:00 am Leave a comment

New Government Report: Flood Insurance

Flood Insurance: Public Policy Goals Provide a Framework for Reform: Congressional Testimony

by Orice Williams Brown
Paperback, 19 pages, 2011, $20.00
ISBN: 1437982948

The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) had to borrow from the U.S. Treasury to cover losses from the 2005 hurricanes. The outstanding debt is $17.8 billion as of March 2011. This sizable debt, plus operational and management challenges at FEMA, which administers NFIP, have kept the program on the high-risk list. NFIP’s need to borrow to cover claims in years of catastrophic flooding has raised concerns about the program’s long-term financial solvency. This testimony: 1) discusses ways to place NFIP on a sounder financial footing in light of public policy goals for federal involvement in natural catastrophe insurance; and 2) highlights operational and management challenges at FEMA that affect the program.

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April 26, 2011 at 8:10 am Leave a comment

New Government Report: FEMA has Made Limited Progress in Efforts to Develop and Implement a System to Assess National Preparedness Capabilities

FEMA has Made Limited Progress in Efforts to Develop and Implement a System to Assess National Preparedness Capabilities

by William O. Jenkins
Paperback, 47 pages, 2010, $25.00
ISBN: 1437942156

This congressional briefing on the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) efforts to assess national preparedness examines: (1) the usefulness and limitations of the national preparedness capabilities data that have been collected to date through selected evaluation efforts as described by FEMA; and (2) the extent to which FEMA has made progress in its national preparedness capability assessment efforts since a previous report in April 2009. Charts and tables. This is a print on demand edition of an important, hard-to-find publication.

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April 5, 2011 at 9:07 am Leave a comment

New Government Report: Potential Stafford Act Declarations for the Gulf Coast Oil Spill: Issues for Congress (ISBN: 143793417X)

Potential Stafford Act Declarations for the Gulf Coast Oil Spill: Issues for Congress (ISBN: 143793417X)
By Francis X. McCarthy
(Paperback, 11 pages, 2010, $10)

The Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act presents several options, and could provide a number of programs, to address the Gulf Coast oil spill. An emergency declaration under the Stafford Act would appear a potential approach to the current situation since it is intended to lessen the impact of an imminent disaster.

Contents of this report: (1) The Stafford Act Declaration Process; (2) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)’s Role in the Exxon Valdez Incident; (3) Possible FEMA Involvement in the Gulf Coast Oil Spill Response; (4) Federal Coordination, Mitigation, and Long-Term Recovery; (5) Arguments Regarding a Stafford Act Declaration for the Response; (6) Uncertain Prospects for Recovery of Disaster Relief Fund Expenditures; (7) Federal Options.

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June 24, 2010 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

New Government Report: Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill: Selected Issues for Congress (ISBN: 1437934730)

Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill: Selected Issues for Congress (ISBN: 1437934730)
By Curry L. Hagerty and Jonathan L. Ramseur
(Paperback, 33 pages, 2010, $25)

On April 20, 2010, an explosion and fire occurred on the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico. This resulted in 11 worker fatalities, a massive oil release, and a national response effort in the Gulf of Mexico region by the federal and state governments as well as British Petroleum (BP).

The bipartisan commission named by President Obama in May to study the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and the future of American offshore drilling will hold its first formal meeting in mid-July at the earliest, most likely delaying the delivery of its final report into next year, reports the New York Times.

Contents of this report: (1) Intro.; (2) Setting in the Gulf of Mexico: Oil and Gas Recovery; Weather and Ocean Currents; Biological Resources; (3) Offshore Oil and Gas Drilling Technology; (4) Federal Statutory Framework; (5) Federal Regulatory Framework; (6) Environmental and Economic Impacts; (7) Labor Issues; (8) Reorganization of Minerals Management Service (MMS); (9) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Issues; Exxon Valdez; Recent Regional Disaster History; (10) Conclusion. Charts and tables.

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June 21, 2010 at 5:00 am Leave a comment

New Government Report: Earthquakes: Risk, Detection, Warning, and Research (ISBN: 1437928072)

Earthquakes: Risk, Detection, Warning, and Research (ISBN: 1437928072)
By Peter Folger (Paperback, 26 pages, 2010, $20)

Earlier in the week, a series of earthquakes shook Southern California, reports the San Diego Union-Tribune. This follows the massive earthquakes that struck Haiti in January and Indonesia in May.

Contents of this report: (1) Intro.; (2) National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program: A Shift in Program Emphasis to Hazard Reduction; (3) Earthquake Hazards and Risk: Potential Losses from Earthquakes; A Decrease in Estimated Loss?; The New Madrid Seismic Zone; (4) Monitoring; Advanced National Seismic System and Funding; Dense Urban Networks; Regional Networks; Backbone Stations; National Strong-Motion Project; Global Seismic Network; (5) Detection, Notification, and Warning; National Earthquake Information Center; ShakeMap; Prompt Assessment of Global Earthquakes for Response; Pre-disaster Planning: HAZUS-MH; (6) Research — Understanding Earthquakes; United States Geological Survey USGS; National Science Foundation (NSF); (7) Conclusion. Charts and tables.

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June 17, 2010 at 8:00 am Leave a comment


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