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Issue: FEMA is infamous for implementing pilot programs with no exit strategy, no strategy for measuring the success or failure of the pilot and an utter lack of discipline in constantly moving the goalposts. As a consequence we run pilot programs for years (PA Alternative Procedures) and don't really know how well or poorly we've invested hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars (STEP and Shelter At Home). Pilots are ...more »
Issue: Removal of the IHP internal program limits allows large payments for potentially non-essential items such as hardwood floors, and excess interior doors and cabinets.
Tactic: Implement a comprehensive review of line items for real property. Set appropriate line item limits and revise inspection guidelines in order to relieve the DRF from payments for potentially non-essential items.
Issue: The administrative cost to process childcare assistance is substantially greater than the amount of grant assistance provided. Tactic: Calculate the average federal share of child care assistance per disaster. Provide that amount of funding directly to the state as a grant. Phase 2 is to assess other forms of assistance in a similar way. For instance, could healthcare providers ...more »
Issue: Typically about 60% of all registrations are ineligible for any sort of assistance from FEMA. This represents a significant cost in readiness to perform registration, inspection and casework functions. Tactic: Get away from the ‘take all registrations’ model. Determine if a 5 minute discussion about referrals would be a better outcome for a survivor than a 20+ minute registration. ...more »
Issue: Field operations have a significant staffing footprint – frequently with a very low ratio of survivors to field staff. This is an indicator of inefficient use of human capital. Tactic: Aggressively identify functions that can be performed in a central processing center or done away with altogether. For example, many redundant contacts occur from field based callouts. Consolidating any necessary contacts into ...more »
Issue: The Transitional Sheltering Assistance (TSA) policy is rarely adhered to. As a result, survivors with insurance or other conditions of ineligibility under the policy frequently stay in hotels for months. This results in a significant number of room nights paid for are to survivors who would normally be ineligible. This represents a significant financial burden to the DRF and the states as this ...more »