John E. Veatch was appointed as the Assistant Administrator for FEMA’s National Continuity Programs (NCP) Directorate in May 2017. The NCP Directorate’s mission includes operations of the Mount Weather Emergency Operations Center, managing the nation’s Integrated Public Alert & Warning System and specialized continuity communications systems, ensuring continuity of Executive Branch essential functions of government and the continuity of FEMA operations, and guidance for the resilience of state, local, tribal, and territorial governments. Additionally, Mr. Veatch served as a Chief of the FEMA National Response Coordination Center during the hurricanes of 2017.
Mr. Veatch has more than 30 years of experience preparing for and responding to threats to our nation. He has been involved in U.S. government continuity programs for more than 20 years, including leading emergency management and continuity programs for Congress as a Deputy Assistant Sergeant at Arms for the U.S. Senate and as an Assistant Sergeant at Arms for the U.S. House of Representatives. Mr. Veatch previously served in the Executive Branch as a counterterrorism/emergency responder, continuity of government responder, and as division director of an all-hazards emergency management exercise program. As a federal manager he led and supported sensitive operations in response to the terrorist attacks of 9/11.
Mr. Veatch has private sector experience directing emergency management support to the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, including managing a U.S. contract improving foreign emergency management capabilities and addressing concerns raised by the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. He also has active duty and reserve experience as a U.S. Army Combat Engineer Officer.
Mr. Veatch holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics-Engineering from Washington and Lee University, a Master’s degree in Engineering Management from The George Washington University, and is a graduate of the Federal Executive Institute’s Leadership in a Democratic Society program.
He resides with his wife, Leeann, and two children in Northern Virginia.