IT for response and recovery. We have revised our report to reflect more
accurately the activities performed by EP&R CIO personnel.
LIMS III: As the EP&R CIO suggested, we have updated our report to refer
to the Logistics Information Management System as LIMS III, not LIMS.
Although we evaluated how effectively LIMS III supports the logistics
management process, we did not follow up and report on recommendations
from prior audits regarding logistics data accuracy.
Prior GAO and OIG Assessments: We disagree with the EP&R CIO's
statement that our references to past OIG reports, without referring to the
current status of these reports, may give an inaccurate and unfair picture of IT
status. We referenced prior GAO and OIG assessments only to provide
background information and a context for conducting our audit. While the
scope of our review did not include following up on all findings and
recommendations from these prior assessments, it should be recognized that
many of the concerns they raised, such as NEMIS reliability, usability, and
training, remain issues today.
ADD Functionality: We recognize that the Automated Deployment Database
has a check in process and a date/time stamp for when personnel call
headquarters to advise of their arrivals at disaster sites. However, as we
discuss in our report, personnel do not always follow the prescribed check in
procedures and information on their arrivals may not be entered into ADD to
measure deployment time. Inconsistent check in not only affects the accuracy
of ADD reports, but also may leave response and recovery personnel at risk
when their whereabouts are unknown.
LIMS III Tracking: We recognize, as the EP&R CIO has indicated, that
LIMS III was not designed to track commodities such as ice and water. We
are concerned that the lack of a system or a formal requirement to track such
commodities not only does not meet requirements of the National Incident
Management System, but also creates problems for response and recovery
personnel. As we discuss in our report, property officers must resort to
spreadsheets, manual processes, or other inconsistent and nonintegrated means
to track commodities, resulting in wasted time, effort, and resources. We
encourage FEMA's ongoing efforts to develop a total asset visibility system to
track commodities and expect that such a system will provide FEMA with
improved ability to track and measure distribution of assets across federal,
state, and local agencies.
Emergency Preparedness and Response Could Better Integrate Information Technology
with Incident Response and Recovery