FEMA speeds up plans for new architecture and portal

FEMA speeds up plans for new architecture and portal

The Federal Emergency Management Agency expects to have the blueprint for its new enterprise architecture finished as early as this week and the first release of its disaster information portal in August.

'We'll have the initial framework done next week,' FEMA CIO Ronald Miller said today at the E-Gov conference in Washington. The current architecture will not support the agency's new plans, he said. 'We want to start fresh.'

The agency also is planning to develop Disasterhelp.gov, a disaster information portal that will be attached to the FirstGov.gov Web site and link to other federal agencies' disaster information sites.

Meanwhile, the agency is collecting contingency plans from agencies in the disaster response community to get an idea of the type and amount of content to which they'll have to link.

The initial August launch of Disasterhelp.gov will be on the FirstGov site and link to only a few agencies. But Miller plans to expand the number of links.

Right now, he said, someone at a call center acts as a middleman during a crisis. 'There are ways to take that person out of the process,' he said. 'I know that technology can do it.'

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