The premier emergency management agency within the United States
Branch Chief, National Preparedness Division (Current Employee) – Boston, MA – January 23, 2014
FEMA is the pinnacle emergency management organization within the United States. It is a small organization that has expanded rapidly within the last five or more years and now is experiencing a limitation of funding and resources to execute it's many requirements. The people are first class while the organization is very hierarchal and without much upward mobility. The regions are where the programs meet implementation with state, tribal, and local stakeholders. Headquarters in DC is not truly focused on stakeholder priorities but in tune to the needs of the White House and Capitol Hill; this isn't necessarily a bad thing, but more focus is needed on local, tribal, state, and regional office needs.
The most enjoyable part about the position and organization is that you help those that are in dire need. There is great satifaction in that.