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Automatic Fax scanning machines

We receive a large amount of faxes from new and current FEMA applicants, and they are scanned in by hand which takes much time, effort, and energy. Why don't we use a service which allows all faxes to be scanned in automatically to individual files and they would be reviewed by individuals for accuaracy? Savings would be to allow the people who do the scanning to do other important work and provide greater speed and ...more »

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Language Line

Currently there are many FEMA agents fluent in a second language, especially Spanish. While others of us are only English speaking. Our Spanish speakers are regularly skilled to English speaking lines while those who are only English speaking are skilled to Spanish speaking lines. This requires us to contact the language line up to 30 times a day to complete our job and spend an extra $200/ call to help that applicant. ...more »

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Multi-task Contractors

Multi-Task Our Contractors the Same Way Our Employees Must Multi-Task. FEMA is an organization that by definition must have a ready workforce to meet national needs in the face of natural and man-made disasters. With the budgetary limitations inherent in our current fiscal environment, we are increasingly reliant upon contractors to fulfill that workforce. While the contract award controls and procurement requirements ...more »

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FEMA's mission support bureau hinders FEMA

FEMA's mission support bureau has become emblematic of the problems presented by bureaucracy. The components of the mission support bureau have added hundreds of requirements to the rest of the agency. One recent example include a new form that has to be filled out and submitted to FEMA HQ before a manager can move a CORE staff member's desk at a remote facility. While this seems trivial, it is part of the death by a ...more »

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Disaster Rental Assistance

FEMA allows owners and renters who experience home damages to receive 2 months of initial rental assistance. They can then keep submitting requests for additional rental assistance called recert for an additional 16 months! In a normal situation landlords can give renters 1 month notice to move out. It does not make sense for renters in disasters to receive up to 18 months to find a new place to live. It also should ...more »

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Fast Mitigation

In FEMA for every $1 spent on Mitigation the Government saves over $4 on the next disaster. Lots of money gets wasted due to lack of Mitigation. In the past Hazard Mitigation was not done because someone did not know how to do it or it took too much time. So I wrote a program called “Fast Mitigation”. Now Hazard Mitigation can be done in minutes and not hours or in some cases not at all. Not only does it save on thousands ...more »

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FEMA IA Nemis

Update FEMA NEMIS IA to provide more information and more relevant information per page. We spend quite a bit of time going between tabs and pages. It also would provide a much more logical progression for training applicant services program specialists. It would also greatly reduce processing errors.

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Stop FEMA from funding rebuilding in flood plains

Places like much of New Orleans which is below sea level are not fit for human habitation and should not be built upon and instead should be used to naturally control flooding, allowed to return to their natural states as wetlands.

 

Taxpayer dollars should not be spent to rebuild in areas which will surely be flooded again.

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UNEMPLOYMENT = COMMUNITY SERVICE

If we are going to pay people who are unemployed, why don't we get some work out of them!? If nothing else, maybe there can be a minimum amount of community service required to collect these benifits! Just think of all the community projects that could be accomplished by all these millions of people! They would still have more than enough time to search for new jobs, and it might even incintivise some of the people that ...more »

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Utilize Other Organization Damage Assessments

After severe weather strikes an area, the NWS sends scores of people - often in overtime status - to survey damage. Likewise, local emergency managers, American Red Cross, and other organizations conduct similar assessments in the same area. Utilizing and sharing ALL of the assessments would reduce the amount of time / money the NWS spends on conducting assessments. The cost of these 'surveys' can be substantial, ...more »

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FEMA and HUD joint projects

Many communities are being flooded this year. If we can get HUD onboard in the intitial response stages the long term costs of redevelpment and housing could be lowered. the quicker more tasks can be handed off to HUD or local authorities the more personel and resources can be deployed or prepositioned for the next emergency.

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END BIRTHRIGHT CITIZENSHIP!!

This is an idea from the 1800s that anyone born on United States soil is automatically a citizen. Other countries do not do this! You have to be born of a citizen to be a citizen. I think ending this practice will basically solve one of the biggest immigration issues we have. The practice of illegal imigrant coming here to have children (aka anchor babies) so that they can stay in this country. Just something to think ...more »

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Community Based Emergency Centers - Rail-Safe Harbor

Rapid Respose from FEMA. Local Employment Construction Opportunity. Base-sites in communities (e.g. Inexpensive warehouse design, eg. Walgreens size) that are multi-use and spread across the National Rail system to house, treat and/or evacuate populace on a temporary short term basis for a few days before, during or after a disaster event. FEMA heavy resources respond to each location within 6 hours via freight rail utilizing ...more »

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Reduce Waste and Redundancy, Save Money and Resources

I work at one of FEMA’s National Processing Service Centers. When I am indexing documents into individual registrations I see many of page 2 (sections C and D) of the Declaration of Continuing Need for Temporary Rental Assistance form that have no identifying information on them. The pages become separated from the recertification documentation the registrant sends in when the fax splitters split them incorrectly. The ...more »

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