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 
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