Scope and Methodology
These officials, as well as representatives of the following organizations,
helped us accomplish our objective of determining how effectively IT systems
supported EP&R's response and recovery mission.
National Processing Service Centers
Disaster Field Offices
Burlington, New Jersey
Albany, New York
Disaster Recovery Center
Mobile Emergency Response Service
These stakeholders told us about both existing and proposed EP&R systems as
well as ad hoc systems they created to meet their needs. Lastly, we met with
officials from the
program to discuss EP&R's participation in this effort
and to gain a better understanding of what the program will do for DHS.
We limited our audit to EP&R's unclassified systems and processes related to the
response and recovery mission, and did not focus on sensitive systems or
information. In addition, we did not test the data in the systems reviewed for
accuracy and completeness. Throughout the course of this audit, we provided
monthly updates to the EP&R CIO on progress and discussed key issues
identified by the stakeholders.
We performed our work according to generally accepted government auditing
standards. The principal OIG points of contact for this audit are Frank Deffer,
Assistant Inspector General, Information Technology Audits and Sondra
McCauley, Director, Information Management Division. Other major
contributors are listed in Appendix C.
Emergency Preparedness and Response Could Better Integrate Information Technology
with Incident Response and Recovery