President Obama has nominated Tim Manning as Deputy Administrator for National Preparedness (White House announcement is below). This is a relatively new FEMA leadership position established by the Post Katrina Emergency Management Reform Act.
When the National Preparedness office was stood up, here is how DHS described it: “The Preparedness Directorate will focus on policy, contingency planning, exercise coordination and evaluation, emergency management training and hazard mitigation with respect to the Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness (CSEP) and Radiological Emergency Preparedness Program (REPP). National Preparedness will oversee two divisions: Readiness, Prevention and Planning (RPP), and the National Integration Center (NIC). Readiness, Prevention and Planning will be the central office within FEMA handling preparedness policy and planning functions. The National Integration Center will maintain the National Incident Management System (NIMS), the National Response Plan (NRP), and will coordinate activities with the U.S. Fire Administration.”
Either by design – or perhaps as a legacy of practice and personnel – the grants office has not been as tightly tied to the Preparedness Directorate as I perceive would be helpful. As the description suggests, this is the place where policy is translated into practice… and the right office to be sure that DHS grants do the same.
Mr. Manning may be most widely known as a co-chair of the National Homeland Security Consortium. In that role he was credited for herding cats (or lions, tigers, and bears) in crafting the influential NHSC White Paper: Protecting Americans in the 21st Century (large pdf).
Late Friday, the White House Press Office released the nomination as follows:
Timothy W. Manning, Nominee for Deputy Administrator for National Preparedness, FEMA, Department of Homeland Security
Timothy W. Manning is the Director of the New Mexico Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management and Homeland Security Advisor to Governor Bill Richardson. Manning was named the Department’s first Director by Governor Richardson in April 2007, having previously been appointed to the Cabinet as Director of the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security in 2005 and as the State Director of Emergency Management since early 2003. Manning has also served as a Deputy Cabinet Secretary of the New Mexico Department of Public Safety. Manning has a diverse background in emergency services, working in a number of positions in the State’s emergency management agency, including Chief of the Emergency Operations Bureau, and having been, at various times, a firefighter, EMT, rescue mountaineer, hazardous materials specialist, and hydrogeologist. In addition to Homeland Security, Manning also oversees the daily administration of the State’s disaster and emergency preparedness, mitigation, response, and recovery efforts. He is currently the Chairman of the Response and Recovery Committee and regional Vice President of the National Emergency Management Association, incoming Chair of the Association’s Homeland Security Committee, Co-Chair of the National Homeland Security Consortium, Chair of the Governor’s Homeland Security Advisory Committee, a Commissioner on the Emergency Management Accreditation Program, and serves as chair or member on many other National and State boards and commissions. Manning received a Bachelors of Science in Geology from Eastern Illinois University and is a graduate of the Center for Homeland Defense and Security of the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California.