WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Federal Spending Oversight and Emergency Management for the Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee (HSGAC) held a hearing entitled, “FEMA: Assessing Progress, Performance, and Preparedness.” Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Ranking Member of the subcommittee, and Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) also participated in the hearing.
During the oversight hearing, Sen. Paul assessed the effectiveness of the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) preparedness grants programs, and highlighted examples of wasteful spending by grant recipients. Sen. Paul also sought additional details on FEMA’s lack of progress in implementing recommendations from the Government Accountability Office and the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General.
Witnesses testifying in the hearing included: Timothy W. Manning, Deputy Administrator for Protection and National Preparedness for the Federal Emergency Management Agency and U.S. Department of Homeland Security; John Roth, Inspector General for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security; Christopher Currie, Director of Emergency Management, National Preparedness, and Critical Infrastructure Protection for the Homeland Security and Justice Team and U.S. Government Accountability Office; and John Drake, Deputy Administrator and Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration for the U.S. Department of Transportation
The video of Sen. Paul’s opening remarks at the committee hearing can be found below.
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