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GAO, FEMA clash over agency preparedness

Federal officials today could not agree on how prepared agencies are to continue operations if disaster strikes. Linda Koontz, the General Accounting Office’s director of information management issues, told lawmakers that she could not guarantee that agencies would continue to operate at full capacity if a catastrophe hit the Washington region. Koontz said no agency has fully implemented the 1999 Federal Preparedness Circular 65, which sets basic guidelines for continuity of operations plans, commonly referred to as COOP. “There are a couple of different things going on,” Koontz said at a hearing of the House Government Reform Committee. “The guidance from FEMA is not clear, which made for inconsistent plans, and FEMA has not provided regular oversight on agency plans.” Full Story

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