Assessing the performance management of national preparedness—a conceptual model
Myers, Gregory A.
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Since its creation in 2003, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has allocated more than $40 billion in preparedness and homeland security grant funds to state, local, tribal, and territorial jurisdictions. The primary objectives of these funds are to develop and sustain the essential capabilities necessary to prevent, respond to, and recover from natural and man-caused disasters. Notwithstanding DHS’s numerous efforts and initiatives, the ability to quantify and report on the effectiveness of these funds in meeting these objectives falls short of current federal requirements. This thesis examines statutory requirements for assessing and reporting on national preparedness, reviews the history of systems and programs developed by DHS to meet federal performance assessment and reporting requirements, reviews the fundamental principles of performance management, and assesses current elements of the homeland security enterprise. These reviews and assessments formulate a basis to remedy the longstanding shortfalls in preparedness performance management. This inquiry resulted in five overarching findings and twelve recommendations.
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