When historic snowstorms forced lengthy closings of fed. offices in the D.C. area in 2010, thousands of employees continued to work from their homes, making clear the potential of telework in mitigating the effects of emergencies. This report: (1) describes the guidance agencies have issued pertaining to the use of telework during emergencies; (2) describes Office of Personnel Mgmt. (OPM) and other assessments related to agencies' incorp. of telework into emergency or continuity planning, and the extent to which agencies have provided definitions and practices to support agency planning; and (3) assesses the extent to which OPM and FEMA coordinated with other agencies on recent guidance documents. Illus. This is a print on demand report.
As the current H1N1 outbreak underscores, an influenza pandemic remains a real threat to our nation. Over the past 3 years, 12 reports have been issued and 4 testimonies to Congress have been held to help the nation better prepare for a possible pandemic. While a number of actions have been taken to plan for a pandemic, including developing a national strategy and implementation plan, many gaps in pandemic planning and preparedness still remain. This statement covers six thematic areas: (1) leadership, authority, and coordination; (2) detecting threats and managing risks; (3) planning, training, and exercising; (4) capacity to respond and recover; (5) information sharing and communication; and (6) performance and accountability. Illus.
Significant management challenges exist for the Dept. of Homeland Security (DHS) as it continues to integrate its varied management processes, policies, and systems in areas such as financial management and information technology. These activities are primarily led by the Under Sec. for Management (USM). This report examined: (1) the extent to which DHS has developed a comprehensive strategy for management integration that includes the characteristics recommended in a 2005 report; (2) how DHS is implementing management integration; and (3) the extent to which the USM is holding the dept. and component management chiefs accountable for implementing management integration through reporting relationships. Charts and tables.