Skip to main content

View Diary: BREAKING: FEMA to rescue workers: Pay for your own gas! (129 comments)

Comment Preferences

  •  I swear to you (4.00)
    that I KNOW I could do a much better job than they are and I have had no experience at all.

    The Christian Right is neither Witness Every Day

    by TXsharon on Thu Sep 01, 2005 at 06:33:23 PM PDT

    [ Parent ]

    •  Every Teenaged Waterfront Camp Counsellor (4.00)

      We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy....--ML King, "Beyond Vietnam"

      by Gooserock on Thu Sep 01, 2005 at 06:47:51 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  here's why (4.00)
      Here's a few salient points from this article

      In June, Pleasant Mann, a 16-year FEMA veteran who heads the agency's government employee union, wrote members of Congress to warn of the agency's decay. "Over the past three-and-one-half years, FEMA has gone from being a model agency to being one where funds are being misspent, employee morale has fallen, and our nation's emergency management capability is being eroded," he wrote. "Our professional staff are being systematically replaced by politically connected novices and contractors."


      As a result, says a disaster program administrator who insists on anonymity, "We have to compete for our jobs--we have to prove that we can do it cheaper than a contractor." And when it comes to handling disasters, the FEMA employee stresses, cheaper is not necessarily better, and the new outsourcing requirements sometimes slow the agency's operations.


      But the merger into DHS has compounded the agency's problems, says FEMA employee and union president Pleasant Mann. "Before, we reported straight to the White House, and now we've got this elaborate bureaucracy on top of us, and a lot of this bureaucracy doesn't think what we're doing is that important, because terrorism isn't our number one," he said. "The biggest frustration here is that we at FEMA have responded to disasters like Oklahoma City and 9/11, and here are people who haven't responded to a kitchen fire telling us how to deal with terrorism. You know, there were a lot of people who fell down on the job on 9/11, but it wasn't us."


      Within FEMA, the shift away from mitigation programs is so pronounced that many long-time specialists in the field have quit. "The priority is no longer on prevention," says the FEMA administrator. "Mitigation, honestly, is the orphaned stepchild. People are leaving it in droves."

      In fact, disaster professionals are leaving many parts of FEMA in droves, compromising the agency's ability to do its job. "Since last year, so many people have left who had developed most of our basic programs," Mann says. "A lot of the institutional knowledge is gone. Everyone who was able to retire has left, and then a lot of people have moved to other agencies."

      there's too much crap to cut paste just go read the damned article.

      Impeach Gary Bettman

      by Edanger6 on Thu Sep 01, 2005 at 08:18:40 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  That's the heart of everything wrong (4.00)
        with the Bush administration -- politicization of so much that should never be political. It's been key to their success, and it's poetic justice that it's going to be key to their downfall.

        The spring is pure, but foul it once with mud and you nevermore will find it fit to drink. --Aeschylus

        by Alien Abductee on Thu Sep 01, 2005 at 08:51:14 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

    •  Pick me (none)
      I was a temporary admin to a Disaster Preparedness Direct in a corporate environment.

      Then again, maybe I'm over qualified.

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site