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Federal Emergency Management Agency's long term assistance was helpful to state and local governments but had some limitations
FEMA's long-term assistance was helpful to state and local governments but had some limitations
FEMA long-term community recovery assistance
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LTCR provided coordination and planning assistance to states and localities
The lack of clear criteria and the timing of LTCR assistance presented challenges to recovery partners
LTCR's assistance with disaster recovery coordination was generally considered valuable, but some challenges limited its effectiveness
LTCR's recovery planning assistance benefited states and localities, but some practices limited more effective implementation of recovery plans
The administration is developing the National Disaster Recovery Framework (NDRF) in order to enhance the nation's ability to deliver recovery assistance. The Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Long-Term Community Recovery Branch (LTCR) is responsible for leading a network of primarily federal agencies, known as ESF-14, that supports long-term recovery. LTCR's experiences offer potential insights for developing the NDRF. GAO was asked to report on (1) the roles that LTCR played in recent disasters, (2) broad criteria and timing challenges that affected this assistance, (3) the effectiveness of specific coordination practices, and (4) the effectiveness of specific planning assistance practices. GAO focused on three disasters with significant LTCR involvement: the Greensburg tornado (2007), the Iowa floods (2008), and Hurricane Ike (2008).