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Verdict’s Out: FEMA In

Posted By Jena McNeill On May 15, 2009 @ 9:43 am In Security | Comments Disabled

Yesterday, the Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano announced [1] to the House Homeland Security Committee that FEMA would remain a part of DHS. While it is not surprising that Napolitano made the decision, given her inclination towards having FEMA stay put in her January confirmation hearing, it has likely rankled a few folks bent on returning FEMA to its Clinton-era cabinet-level status.

But keeping FEMA at DHS is the right decision. [2] FEMA is having tremendous success under DHS leadership—and there have been countless examples that demonstrate this case—from the California wildfires to the Midwest floods. A cabinet-level FEMA would simply be about stakeholders politics, and would be a step backwards in terms of progress since 9/11. Heritage has long supported FEMA’s role within DHS. The FEMA mission is interwoven with all of the other directorates under DHS jurisdiction—and working together they could create a homeland security enterprise which prevents, prepares for, and responds to acts of terrorism and natural disasters.

Making FEMA into a political pawn would have been a disastrous move that would have made American less safe and less prepared. The Obama Administration should be applauded for this wise policy choice.

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[1] announced: http://federaltimes.com/index.php?S=4089917

[2] But keeping FEMA at DHS is the right decision.: http://www.heritage.org/Research/HomelandSecurity/wm2071.cfm

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