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Government Executive: Data Collection Features in a New Bill Targeting Equity at FEMA

“The chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee introduced a bill requiring the Federal Emergency Management Agency to improve its data collection systems as part of an effort to address long standing economic disparities in the government’s response to disasters.

Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) introduced the FEMA Equity Act with Val Demings (D-Fla.), last week. Sen. Elizabeth Warren also introduced an accompanying bill in the Senate co-sponsored by Sens. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.)…”

“The bill would instruct FEMA to develop and implement a new agency-wide process within one year which ensures equity in its distribution of federal assistance, while working with the Department of Housing and Urban Development and Small Business Administration to identify data requirements to track and measure success.

The bill would also require the agency to modify its data collection systems as necessary to help identify FEMA policies or programs that hinder the equitable distribution of federal assistance in the wake of disasters…” Read the full article here.

Source: Data Collection Features in a New Bill Targeting Equity at FEMA – By Chris Riotta, May 11, 2022. Government Executive.


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