OIG reports FEMA’s supply chain system may be inadequate during a catastrophic event

A report issued by the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) on Wednesday said that an audit found the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Logistics Supply Chain Management System (LSCMS) may not be able meet the needs of providing supplies to victims during a catastrophic event.

The report, OIG Report 14.151, outlines that the LSCMS does not have the ability to effectively interface with suppliers nor does it have real-time tracking of partners' shipments, making it difficult to track and locate emergency supplies.

The OIG also said that FEMA may not have enough employees trained to operate the system and that there are no set guidelines on how to proceed if the LSCMS is not operating.

The LSCMS was developed over a nine-year period and cost approximately $247 million. According to the report the system became fully operational in January 2013.

“One of FEMA’s prime missions is to immediately provide survivors with three days' worth of basic emergency supplies,” Inspector General John Roth said. “As presently configured, this supply chain system is not up to that task.”

The report attributes the deficiencies of the LSCMS to inadequate program management and oversight by the Department of Homeland Security and FEMA.

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