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The Impact of FEMA Reorganization: Implications for Policy

Mercatus Policy Series, Policy Comment No. 24

15 Pages Posted: 26 Feb 2009 Last revised: 6 Oct 2009

Christopher J. Coyne

George Mason University - Department of Economics

Peter T. Leeson

George Mason University - Department of Economics

Russell S. Sobel

The Citadel - School of Business

Date Written: February 26, 2009

Abstract

Prior to 2003, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) was an independent agency with direct congressional oversight. But in the wake of the September 11th attacks, FEMA was integrated into the newly-formed Department of Homeland Security (DHS). This merger, which severed the congressional influence over FEMA's decision making, brought about changes in how FEMA allocates disaster-relief funds.

This policy comment discusses the impact and implications of FEMA's move to DHS. Understanding how this merger affected the federal government's disaster-relief decision making is important when considering future decisions to reorganize existing government agencies.

Keywords: FEMA, Department of Homeland Security, disaster relief

Suggested Citation

Coyne, Christopher J. and Leeson, Peter T. and Sobel, Russell S., The Impact of FEMA Reorganization: Implications for Policy (February 26, 2009). Mercatus Policy Series, Policy Comment No. 24. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1349875 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1349875

Christopher J. Coyne (Contact Author)

George Mason University - Department of Economics ( email )

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Peter T. Leeson

George Mason University - Department of Economics ( email )

4400 University Drive
Fairfax, VA 22030
United States

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Russell S. Sobel

The Citadel - School of Business ( email )

171 Moultrie St.
Charleston, SC 29409
United States

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