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Homeland Security: Establishment and Implementation of the United States Northern Command

Homeland Security: Establishment and Implementation of the United States Northern Command

Date: August 18, 2006
Creator: Bowman, Steve
Description: The Department of Defense (DOD) established U.S. Northern Command (NORTHCOM) to fight terrorism at home. Significant organizational and procedural progress has been made in setting up this organization. However, questions remain concerning interagency relationships and information sharing.
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Forest Fire/Wildfire Protection

Forest Fire/Wildfire Protection

Date: March 7, 2012
Creator: Gorte, Ross W. & Bracmort, Kelsi
Description: Congress continues to face questions about forestry practices, funding levels, and the federal role in wildfire protection. Recent fire seasons have been, by most standards, among the worst in the past half century. This report looks at factors contributing to wildfires as well as active and preventative treatments for wildfires.
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Immigration Policies and Issues on Health-Related Grounds for Exclusion

Immigration Policies and Issues on Health-Related Grounds for Exclusion

Date: May 18, 2009
Creator: Haddal, Chad C. & Wasem, Ruth Ellen
Description: This report discusses the criteria that foreign nationals must meet before admission to the United States, including the reasons why a foreign national might be denied admission, most particularly on health-related grounds. This report discusses such issues in relation to the recent outbreak of the 2009 H1N1 ("swine flu") virus, and how the outbreak has affected various government agencies, such as the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). This report also discusses efforts to confront and address such issues on a legislative front.
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Managing Disaster Debris: Overview of Regulatory Requirements, Agency Roles, and Selected Challenges

Managing Disaster Debris: Overview of Regulatory Requirements, Agency Roles, and Selected Challenges

Date: January 13, 2011
Creator: Luther, Linda
Description: Report that addresses the challenges in removing debris resulting from a "major disaster" or "emergency" declared by the President, as well as the role of federal agencies in debris removal.
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The National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP): Issues in Brief

The National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP): Issues in Brief

Date: July 9, 2013
Creator: Folger, Peter
Description: Report that discusses the responsibility of four federal agencies for long-term earthquake risk reduction: the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).
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Emergency Contracting Authorities

Emergency Contracting Authorities

Date: September 20, 2005
Creator: Luckey, John R
Description: Hurricane Katrina has given rise to many emergency contracting situations. This report will attempt to identify and summarize the primary emergency contracting authorities which might be available to facilitate response to these situations. Generally, these authorities may be divided into two categories, general emergency authority, and emergency (or national interest) exceptions to general procurement statutes or regulations.
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Federal Emergency Management Agency Funding for Homeland Security and Other Activities

Federal Emergency Management Agency Funding for Homeland Security and Other Activities

Date: April 9, 2002
Creator: Bea, Keith
Description: None
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Indian Ocean Earthquake and Tsunami:  Food Aid Needs and the U.S. Response

Indian Ocean Earthquake and Tsunami: Food Aid Needs and the U.S. Response

Date: April 8, 2005
Creator: Hanrahan, Charles E
Description: None
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Federal Disaster Recovery Programs: Brief Summaries

Federal Disaster Recovery Programs: Brief Summaries

Date: August 29, 2005
Creator: Jordan, Mary
Description: None
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Emergency Supplemental Appropriations for Hurricane Katrina Relief

Emergency Supplemental Appropriations for Hurricane Katrina Relief

Date: September 9, 2005
Creator: Lake, Jennifer E & Chite, Ralph M
Description: This CRS report summarizes federal disaster assistance funding legislation in the 109th Congress and presents some information on federal expenditures and obligations for disaster recovery activities.
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Supplemental Appropriations for the 2004 Hurricanes and Other Disasters

Supplemental Appropriations for the 2004 Hurricanes and Other Disasters

Date: September 1, 2005
Creator: Bea, Keith & Chite, Ralph M
Description: None
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The Use of Federal Troops for Disaster Assistance: Legal Issues

The Use of Federal Troops for Disaster Assistance: Legal Issues

Date: September 16, 2005
Creator: Elsea, Jennifer K
Description: None
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Oil and Gas Disruption from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita

Oil and Gas Disruption from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita

Date: October 21, 2005
Creator: Kumins, Lawrence C & Bamberger, Robert L
Description: None
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Emergency Waiver of EPA Regulations: Authorities and Legislative Proposals in the Aftermath of Hurricane Katrina

Emergency Waiver of EPA Regulations: Authorities and Legislative Proposals in the Aftermath of Hurricane Katrina

Date: September 29, 2005
Creator: McCarthy, James E & Copeland, Claudia
Description: This report reviews some of the environmental laws that could affect response and recovery actions, discusses existing waiver authority, and identifies issues raised by proposals to grant new waiver authority. The focus of the report is on regulatory programs administered by EPA, including the Clean Water Act, Superfund, and the Clean Air Act. In the short term, in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, environmental regulations do not appear to have posed an obstacle to local, state, federal, or private response efforts, in part because existing waiver or flexibility provisions were used in certain cases.
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Disaster Response and the Appointment of a Recovery Czar: The Executive Branch's Response to the Flood of 1927

Disaster Response and the Appointment of a Recovery Czar: The Executive Branch's Response to the Flood of 1927

Date: October 25, 2005
Creator: Kosar, Kevin R
Description: This report describes the flood of 1927, and assesses the federal government’s response thereto. In short, the federal response was an executive branch response. President Calvin Coolidge created a quasi-governmental commission that included members of his Cabinet and the American National Red Cross. This commission encouraged the public to donate funds to the relief effort. It also gave Secretary of Commerce Herbert Hoover near-absolute authority to organize and oversee its response. Hoover used this authority to weave together federal resources, American National Red Cross volunteers, and the private sector to carry out the relief and recovery program.
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Proposed Bankruptcy Legislation to Address Natural Disaster Victims

Proposed Bankruptcy Legislation to Address Natural Disaster Victims

Date: September 22, 2005
Creator: Jeweler, Robin
Description: None
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Hurricane Katrina-Related Immigration Issues and Legislation

Hurricane Katrina-Related Immigration Issues and Legislation

Date: September 19, 2005
Creator: Wasem, Ruth Ellen
Description: None
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Federal Disaster and Emergency Assistance for Water Infrastructure Facilities and Supplies

Federal Disaster and Emergency Assistance for Water Infrastructure Facilities and Supplies

Date: September 9, 2005
Creator: Copeland, Claudia; Tiemann, Mary & Carter, Nicole T
Description: None
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Older Americans Act: Disaster Assistance for Older Persons After Hurricane Katrina

Older Americans Act: Disaster Assistance for Older Persons After Hurricane Katrina

Date: September 22, 2005
Creator: O'Shaughnessy, Carol
Description: None
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The Macroeconomic Effects of Hurricane Katrina

The Macroeconomic Effects of Hurricane Katrina

Date: September 13, 2005
Creator: Cashell, Brian W
Description: None
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Katrina's Wake: Restoring Financial Services

Katrina's Wake: Restoring Financial Services

Date: September 15, 2005
Creator: Jackson, William D & Miles, Barbara L
Description: None
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Hurricane Katrina Recovery: Contracting Opportunities

Hurricane Katrina Recovery: Contracting Opportunities

Date: September 26, 2005
Creator: Halchin, L. Elaine
Description: None
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General Services Administration Federal Facilities Affected by Hurricane Katrina

General Services Administration Federal Facilities Affected by Hurricane Katrina

Date: September 27, 2005
Creator: Smith, Stephanie
Description: None
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Tax Deductions for Catastrophic Risk Insurance Reserves: Explanation and Economic Analysis

Tax Deductions for Catastrophic Risk Insurance Reserves: Explanation and Economic Analysis

Date: September 2, 2005
Creator: Brumbaugh, David L & King, Rawle O
Description: None
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