Perspective on Preparedness: Taking Stock Since 9/11
Report to Congress Of the Local, State, Tribal, and Federal Preparedness Task Force
Perspective on Preparedness: Taking Stock Since 9/11 (“Report”) presents recommendations on
national preparedness from the Local, State, Tribal, and Federal Preparedness Task Force (“Task
Force”). At the request of Congress, the Task Force brought together 36 members representing a range of
disciplines and perspectives from across local, State, Tribal, and Territorial governments. Together with
25 ex officio members representing Federal departments and agencies, we worked collaboratively to take
stock of national preparedness and provide recommendations for improvement.
In accordance with our congressional mandate, we independently undertook a series of analytical
Considering what “preparedness” has meant in the United States both historically and
since the 9/11 attacks;
Reviewing post-9/11 preparedness-related activities to understand achievements to date
and remaining areas of concern, with a particular emphasis on cost-effectiveness and
Proposing recommendations to improve national preparedness outcomes.
Our discussions focused on four main areas, as we considered: 1) the strategic investments needed to improve the cost effectiveness and efficiency of achieving preparedness outcomes; 2) the policy and guidance that outline desired national preparedness goals and objectives; 3) capabilities and assessments employed to measure success in achieving preparedness outcomes; and 4) the preparedness grant administration which provides funding to develop and sustain capabilities.
In addition to the experience and expertise housed in the Task Force itself, we sought additional perspectives through outreach to non-governmental organizations, the private sector, and the public. We solicited innovative ideas from the private sector and general public through a web-based National Dialogue on Preparedness which enabled thousands of stakeholders around the country to submit and vote on stakeholder-initiated recommendations.
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