would be useful, such as how long it takes a victim to register or get an 
inspection after registration. 
   
Officials in EP&R's Recovery Division said that they are working to establish 
baselines this year against which to measure progress in reducing cost and 
time for delivering individual and public assistance.  However, until FEMA's 
systems can capture the underlying performance data, the agency will be 
unable to do so. 
Challenges in Aligning IT with Evolving DHS Direction
  
In addition to addressing the need to align its strategic and IT planning with 
DHS direction, EP&R faces the challenge of integrating its emergency 
management approach with several emerging departmentwide initiatives.  
Specifically, DHS implementation of the National Response Plan and the 
National Incident Management System created new requirements that will 
affect IT systems and processes.  Additionally, the DHS Chief Financial 
Officer's efforts to provide integrated resource management must be taken 
into consideration as EP&R moves forward in its approach to managing IT. 
Impact of the National Response Plan and National Incident Management 
System on EP&R IT 
The National Response Plan provides the framework for federal coordination 
with state, local, and tribal governments, as well as the private sector during 
disasters.  DHS implemented the National Response Plan in December 2004, 
according to the 
Homeland Security Act of 2002
 and 
Homeland Security 
Presidential Directive 5.
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  The National Response Plan consolidates existing 
federal government emergency response plans into a single, coordinated plan 
to manage disaster response and recovery.  This consolidated plan replaces the 
Federal Response Plan, which FEMA previously used as the basis for 
organizing its response and recovery operations.  The new plan introduces 
changes to the organizational structure for disaster management operations, 
and will require software code updates to information systems.   
For example, the NEMIS Access Control System assigns access rights to users 
based on positions within the organization structure, which are defined in the 
former Federal Response Plan.  Moving to the National Response Plan has 
changed this organizational structure and, consequently, affected NEMIS 
Access Controls, requiring that new roles and rights be added to the system 
                                                 
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  Management of Domestic Incidents,  Homeland Security Presidential Directive 5, February 28, 2003. 
Emergency Preparedness and Response Could Better Integrate Information Technology  
with Incident Response and Recovery 
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