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Office of the Administrator

Welcome to the Office of the Administrator 

The Administrator’s mission, as defined by the Post-Katrina Emergency Management Reform Act, is to reduce the loss of life and property and protect the nation from all hazards, by leading and supporting the nation in a risk-based, comprehensive emergency management system of preparedness, protection, response, recovery, and mitigation. The Administrator is responsible for preparing for, protecting against, responding to, recovering from and mitigating against the risk of a natural disaster, act of terrorism, or other man-made disaster. 

The Administrator shall partner with state, local governments and other emergency providers to build a national system of emergency management. The Administrator shall integrate the Agency’s emergency preparedness, protection, response, recovery, and mitigation responsibilities to confront the challenges of a natural disaster, act of terrorism or other man-made disaster. Finally, the Administrator shall coordinate the implementation of risk-based, all-hazards strategy.

FEMA's Mission

Helping people before, during and after disasters.

Major Functions

The Office of the Administrator (OA) contains program offices that directly support the Administrator and Deputy Administrator in the performance of their duties, as well as several program offices that provide Agency-wide coordination, guidance, and oversight on key topics. The DHS Center for Faith and Opportunity Initiatives, which serves all of DHS, is also administratively housed within OA.

Executive Office

Supports the Administrator and Deputy Administrator so that they are able to represent the Agency, move our mission forward, and provide strategic direction for the program offices into the future Ensures that products, reports, speeches, and other Agency deliverables are in line with the voice of the leadership and that the Agency speaks with one voice and delivers a consistent message.  The Executive Office oversees the following programs and functions:

Office of Disability Integration & Coordination

Leads FEMA's commitment to achieving whole community emergency management, inclusive of individuals with disabilities and others with access and functional needs, by providing guidance, tools, methods and strategies to establish equal physical, program and effective communication access.

Office of Equal Rights

Serves the Agency and the Nation by promoting affirmative employment, a discrimination-free workplace, and equal access to FEMA programs and benefits.

DHS Center for Faith and Opportunity Initiatives

Carries out the policies and program priorities of the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships and DHS/FEMA for faith and community-based organizations related to all hazards preparedness; emergency and disaster response and recovery; and human trafficking. Fosters partnerships between government and faith and community-based organizations to increase the nation’s resilience by creating trust, developing relationships, and sealing handshakes.

Office of National Capital Region Coordination

Interacts with representatives of Federal, State, local, and regional authorities and private and non-profit sectors in order to enhance the many homeland security efforts underway in the NCR.

Office of Professional Responsibility

The Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) ensures expeditious, fair, and objective follow up and resolution of all allegations of employee misconduct and assists our agency in building a culture that reflects our core values of compassion, fairness, integrity, and respect for our employees and those we serve.