project.  Taken together, the two projects will affect several of FEMA's major 
response and recovery IT systems.  For example, 
eMerge
2
 will affect aspects 
of FEMA's financial system, as well as parts of its non mission specific 
logistics system.  Likewise, 
eMerge
2
is likely to have an impact on NEMIS' 
grants functionality.  Further, 
MAX
HR
 may have a bearing on employee 
management and deployment processes currently managed in ADD.   
Once fully implemented, 
eMerge
2
 will likely affect FEMA's current financial 
system, grants management system, and aspects of its non mission specific 
logistics system.  Although FEMA officials have actively participated in the 
DHS Logistics Steering Committee to define 
eMerge
2
 development, some 
officials have expressed concern that the 
eMerge
2
effort does not address 
some of their requirements.  For example, these officials said that 
eMerge
2
does not consider the complexity of FEMA's disaster grants programs as 
compared with standard grants processing.  The limited time and resources to 
successfully plan and transition to 
eMerge
2
 also troubled them.   Conversely, 
eMerge
2
 officials expressed concern that FEMA was not open to new ways of 
thinking.  As FEMA moves forward with improving existing systems and 
pursuing new systems development, the EP&R CIO must continue to ensure 
that the effects of DHS wide initiatives, such as 
eMerge
2
 and 
MAX
HR
, are 
considered and effectively support disaster response and recovery goals. 
Recommendation 
1.  We recommend that, in keeping with legislative requirements, the Under 
Secretary for EP&R update the FEMA strategic plan to support 
achievement of DHS goals and ensure that all FEMA systems provide the 
performance data necessary to measure progress toward achieving 
response and recovery goals.  Subsequently, direct the EP&R CIO to 
update the IT strategic plan in line with the updated FEMA strategic plan.    
IT User Support Could Be Improved 
The EP&R CIO's office provided significant customer support to IT users 
assisting disaster response and recovery efforts related to the 2004 Florida 
hurricanes.   However, overall systems guidance and training could be 
improved.  Specifically, EP&R has reasonably up to date online systems 
manuals, but these manuals are not adequate to support business processes.  
Often unaware of the online manuals, field personnel used out of date hard 
copy guidance to meet their needs.  Although a number of users said that 
Emergency Preparedness and Response Could Better Integrate Information Technology  
with Incident Response and Recovery 
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