Fran Townsend’s report on “The Federal Response to Hurricane Katrina: Lessons Learned” is now available here (3MB PDF)on the White House website. The White House also released a summary fact sheet about the report.
At first glance, the high-profile recommendations look familiar, and it also looks like there are some interesting items buried in the weeds of it. For example, the set of recommendations on “Homeland Security Professional Development and Education” are definitely worth a closer look, and seem closely aligned with the bill introduced by Sens. Collins and Lieberman to create a National Homeland Security Academy. And the recommendations on public communications, critical infrastructure protection, and citizen preparedness are all solid and forward-looking.
My overall impression is that the report seems relatively solid, and many of its recommendations are things that the federal government should do. The essential question is whether the Administration is willing to both find the resources and push on the key agencies to turn these recommendations into reality.