Senate panel says FEMA is broken and can't be fixed

| 4/28/2006

The U.S. would be better off if the Federal Emergency Management Agency was killed and replaced by another agency, according to a Senate committee.

The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee issued a report on Thursday, April 27, stating that the problems within FEMA are simply beyond repair. The Associated Press reported that the committee recommended abolishing FEMA and replacing it with a new agency within the Homeland Security department.

The proposed agency, the National Preparedness and Response Authority, or NPRA, would be responsible for emergency situations in both natural disasters as well as possible terrorist attacks.

According to The AP, the director of the NPRA would report to the director of Homeland Security, but would also have a direct line to the president during times of national crisis.

The committee report called for more regional offices than the 10 FEMA currently has and the consolidation of several key interagency coordinating groups into one general group.

A full report on the panel’s investigation into FEMA’s response to Hurricane Katrina is expected sometime in May, The AP reported.