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Congressional Testimony

This page contains congressional testimony and speeches from FEMA administration officials.

2020 Congressional Testimony

July 24, 2020 - FEMA’s Natural Disaster Preparedness and Response Efforts During the Coronavirus Pandemic

July 22, 2020 - Examining the National Response to the Worsening Coronavirus Pandemic

June 10, 2020 - Federal Government's Procurement and Distribution Strategies in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

March 11, 2020FEMA's Priorities for 2020 and Beyond: Coordinating Mission and Vision

2019 and Prior Congressional Testimony

Committee on Transportation, Infrastructure U.S. House Of Representatives, Examination of FEMA’s Limited Role In Local Land-Use Development Systems

FEMA Witness Michael Grimm, Assistant Administrator for Mitigation Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration

Hearing with the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship: Federal Disaster Response and SBA Implementation of the RISE Act

FEMA Witness: Elizabeth Zimmerman, Associate Administrator for Response and Recovery

FEMA Contracting: Reviewing Lessons Learned from Past Disasters to Improve Preparedness

Hearing before the House Committee on Homeland Security. FEMA witness: Associate Administrator Brian Kamoie.

Hearing with the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs, Subcommittee on Federal Spending Oversight and Emergency Management

FEMA: Assessing Progress, Performance, and Preparedness

FEMA Witness: Tim Manning, Deputy Administrator of FEMA for Protection and National Preparedness

Hearing with the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure’s Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management; “Blackout! Are We Prepared to Manage the Aftermath of a Cyber-Attack or Other Failure of the

FEMA Witness: Administrator Fugate.

Committee on Transportation, Infrastructure Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, Emergency Management “Controlling the Rising Cost of Federal Responses to Disaster”

FEMA Witness: Deputy Administrator Joseph Nimmich

Committee on Small Business and Enterpreneurship U.S. Senate Testimony "No More Hikes: Small Business Survival Amidst Unaffordable Flood Insurance Rate Increases"

FEMA Witness: Roy Wright, Deputy Associate Administrator, FIMA

Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Communications Subcommittee Homeland Security Committee U.S. House of Representatives Staten Island, NY, “A Prepared Community is a Resilient Community”

FEMA Witness, Michael Byrne, Deputy Regional Administrator, Region II

Committee On Oversight,Government Reform Subcommittee on Transportation & Public Assets Subcommittee on National Security, “Oversight of the Urban Area Security Initiative Grant Program”

FEMA Witness Brian Kamoie Assistant Administrator for Grant Programs

Committe on Banking, Housing, Urban Affairs U.S. Senate, The National Flood Insurance Program: Reviewing The Recommendations Of The Technical Mapping Advisory Council’s 2015 Annual Report

FEMA witness Roy Wright, Deputy Associate Administrator Federal Insurance, Mitigation Administration

Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee

Hearing before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. The hearing is entitled “2017 Hurricane Season: Oversight of the Federal Response.” FEMA Witness: Administrator Brock Long. Time: 10:00 AM. Location 342 Dirksen Senate Office Building.

House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure

Hearing before the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. The hearing is entitled, “Emergency Response and Recovery: Central Takeaways from the Unprecedented 2017 Hurricane Season.” FEMA witness: Administrator Brock Long. Time: 10:00 AM. Location: 2167 Rayburn House Office Building.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Supplemental Disaster Recovery Appropriations Request

Hearing before the House Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Homeland Security. The hearing is entitled ““The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Supplemental Disaster Recovery Appropriations Request.” FEMA Witness: Administrator Brock Long. Time: 10:00 AM. Location 2359 Rayburn House Office Building.

Committee on Banking, Housing, & Urban Affairs: Reauthorization of the National Flood Insurance Program, Part 1

FEMA witness Roy Wright, Deputy Associate Administrator for Insurance and Mitigation

Committe on Housing and Insurance Subcommittee - Financial Services Committee - Flood Insurance Reform: FEMA's Perspective

FEMA witness Roy Wright, Deputy Associate Administrator for Insurance and Mitigation

Committee on Oversight and Government Reform U.S. House Of Representatives

Committee on Oversight and Government Reform U.S. House Of Representatives: Oversight of the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Response to the Baton Rouge Flood Disaster: Part II

U.S. Fire Administration and Fire Grant Programs Reauthorization: Examining Effectiveness & Priorities

Hearing before the House Science, Space and Technology, Subcommittee on Research & Technology. The hearing is titled: “U.S. Fire Administration and Fire Grant Programs Reauthorization: Examining Effectiveness & Priorities.” The FEMA witness was Dr. Denis Onieal, the Acting U.S. Fire Administrator for the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA).

Committee on Homeland Security Subcommittee on Oversight and Managment Efficiency

Employee Misconduct: How Can FEMA Improve the Integrity of its Workforce? FEMA witness: Acting Deputy Administrator David Grant.

Committee on Indian Affairs U.S. Senate, Emergency Management in Indian Country: Improving FEMA’s Federal-Tribal Relationship with Indian Tribes

FEMA witness, Alex Amparo, Assistant Administrator, Recovery Directorate

The Historic 2017 Hurricane Season: Impacts on the U.S. Virgin Islands

Field Hearing before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Subcommittee on Interior, Energy and Environment. The hearing is entitled “The Historic 2017 Hurricane Season: Impacts on the U.S. Virgin Islands”. FEMA witness: William Vogel, USVI Federal Coordinating Officer (FCO). Time: 9:30 AM. Location: St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands.

Evaluating Federal Disaster Response and Recovery Effort

Hearing before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform

FEMA witness: Administrator Brock Long

Hurricane Harvey: Lessons Learned and the Path Forward

FEMA Region 6 Regional Administrator Tony Robinson - House Committee on Homeland Security Field Hearing: Cypress, Texas

Securing Our Communities: Federal Support to High-Risk Urban Areas

Field Hearing before the House Committee on Homeland Security, Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response and Communications. The hearing title is: “Securing Our Communities: Federal Support to High-Risk Urban Areas”. FEMA witness: Assistant Administrator Thomas DiNanno. Location: Staten Island, New York.

Impacts of the 2017 Wildfires in the United States”. FEMA witness: Regional Administrator Robert Fenton.

Hearing before the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, & Emergency Management.

Bureaucratic Challenges to Hurricane Recovery in Puerto Rico

FEMA Federal Coordinating Officer - Puerto Rico Mike Byrne speaking to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, Subcommittee on National Security

Update on the Restoration of Puerto Rico’s Electric Infrastructure

FEMA Office of Response and Recovery Associate Administrator Jeff Byard to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations

“Are We Ready? Recovering from the 2017 Disasters and Preparing for the 2018 Hurricane Season”

Hearing before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management. FEMA witness: Associate Administrator Jeffrey Byard

The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Budget Submission for Fiscal Year 2019

Statement of William B. Long - Administrator FEMA - DHS before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security United States House of Representatives, Washington, D.C.

FEMA: Prioritizing a Culture of Preparedness

William B. Long, Administrator, FEMA, DHS before the Homeland Security And Governmental Affairs Committee, United States Senate

Preparedness, Response, and Rebuilding: Lessons from the 2017 Disasters

Hearing before the House Homeland Security Committee. The hearing title is titled “Preparedness, Response, and Rebuilding: Lessons from the 2017 Disasters”. FEMA witness: Administrator Long. Time: 10:30 AM. Location: 210 Capitol Visitor Center (House side).

Ensuring Effective and Reliable Alerts and Warnings

House Committee on Homeland Security, Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Communication

Office of Continuity Communications Director Antwane Johnson

Hawaii False Missile Alert: What Happened and What Should We Do Next?

Office of Continuity Communications Director Antwane Johnson - Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation & the Internet

Courage Under Fire: Examining Government Preparedness and Response to Wildfires in California

Field Hearing before the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, Subcommittee on the Environment. FEMA witness: Regional Administrator Robert Fenton.

Update on Recovery Efforts for the 2017 and 2018 Disasters

Hearing before the House Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Homeland Security. FEMA witness: Acting Administrator Peter Gaynor.

Assessing FEMA's Readiness for Future Disasters

Hearing before the House Committee on Homeland Security. FEMA witness: Acting Administrator Peter T. Gaynor

FEMA's Budget Submission for Fiscal Year 2020

Hearing before the House Appropriations Committee, Subcommittee on Homeland Security. FEMA witness: Acting Administrator Peter Gaynor.

FEMA's Budget Submission for Fiscal Year 2020

Hearing before the Senate Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Homeland Security. FEMA witness: Acting Administrator Peter Gaynor.

Disaster Preparedness: DRRA Implementation & FEMA Readiness

Hearing before the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management. FEMA witness: Daniel Kaniewski, Deputy Administrator for Resilience.

House Committe on Homeland Security Subcommitte on “Examining DHS' Misplaced Focus on Climate Control"

It is important to note that climate change is just one of many future risks we plan for, but one that could significantly alter the types and magnitudes of hazards impacting communities and the emergency management professionals serving them. Accordingly, consistent with FEMA’s focus on enabling disaster risk reduction nationally, we are supporting state, local, and tribal governments with efforts to prepare for the impacts of climate change through adaptation, which means planning for the changes that are occurring and expected to occur.

House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings and Emergency Management "Pacific Northwest Seismic Hazards: Planning and Preparing for the Next Disaster"

May 19, 2015 - Statement of Robert J. Fenton, Deputy Associate Administrator, Office of Response and Recovery, before the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings and Emergency Management "Pacific Northwest Seismic Hazards: Planning and Preparing for the Next Disaster"

House Committee on Homeland Security’s Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Communications, "Defense Support of Civil Authorities: A Vital Resource in the Nation's Homeland Security Missions"

In this testimony, I will discuss how the Department of Defense (DoD) supports FEMA under Defense Support of Civil Authorities (DSCA). FEMA and DoD work closely together to ensure that our efforts are well orchestrated and that DoD capabilities are available to support states and tribes as they respond to and recover from disasters. DoD is always in support of a lead Federal agency in providing DSCA.

House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management

January 27, 2015, Statement of W. Craig Fugate, Administrator Federal Emergency Management Agency U.S. Department Of Homeland Security. Rebuilding After the Storm: Lessening Impacts and Speeding Recovery

House Of Representatives Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Homeland Security “The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Budget Submission for Fiscal Year 2016”

April 23, 2015 - Statement of W. Craig Fugate, Administrator Federal Emergency Management Agency U.S. Department Of Homeland Security. The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Budget Submission for Fiscal Year 2016

Senate Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Homeland Security “The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Budget Submission for Fiscal Year 2016”

April 22, 2015 - Statement of W. Craig Fugate, Administrator Federal Emergency Management Agency U.S. Department Of Homeland Security. “The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Budget Submission for Fiscal Year 2016”

House Committee on Homeland Security, Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Communications “Ready and Resilient?: Examining Federal Emergency Preparedness and Response Capabilities”

NFIP Field Hearing, New Orleans, La, How Flood Insurance Rate Increases and Flood Mapping Policy Changes will impact Small Businesses and Economic Growth

May 1, 2015, Statements of Brad Kieserman, Deputy Associate Administrator for Insurance, and Roy Wright, Deputy Associate Administrator for Mitigation,Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration, Federal Emergency Management Agency, U.S. Department Of Homeland Security: Policy Changes will impact Small Businesses and Economic Growth.

A Review of the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program

Testimony regarding a review of the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program.

Emergency Preparedness: Are We Ready For A 21st Century Hugo?

Statement of Robert J. Fenton, Acting Deputy Associate Administrator for the Federal Emergency Management Agency: "11/21/14 Emergency Preparedness: Are We Ready For A 21st Century Hugo?"

Transparency and Training: Preparing Our First Responders for Emerging Threats and Hazards

TESTIMONY IN FRONT OF THE COMMITTEE ON HOMELAND SECURITY, SUBCOMMITTEE ON EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS, RESPONSE AND COMMUNICATIONS U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

The Path to Efficiency: Making FEMA More Effective for Streamlined Disaster Operations

Making FEMA More Effective for Streamlined Disaster Operations

Last updated July 31, 2020