FEMA Gap Analysis Program (G.A.P.)
Understanding and Addressing Disaster Response Shortfalls

Paul K. Schwartz
Chief of Operational Integrity, Operations Management Division
Disaster Operations Directorate, Federal Emergency Management Agency

August 12, 2009

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Gap Analysis Program Guidance, FEMA, March 13, 2009

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28 Ratings Submitted
3 (11%) Academia 3 (11%)
9 (32%) Business 7 (25%)
10 (36%) Government 16 (57%)
6 (21%) Volunteers 0 (0%)
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"I missed the first 10 minutes of the session so it was hard to fully grasp the rest of the discussion."

"Would like to see briefing material provided. I have to back-brief others and would like to use actual program material."
Ron Kellis
IEM Inc.

"Seems to be a very valuable and relevant tool. "
Dwayne Mooney

"Good information!"
CDR Patti Pettis

"Moderator extremely hard to hear."

"Experienced problems with intermittent audio."
Patrice N. White
DC Homeland Security & Emergency Management Agency

"Paul provided great insights to the program -realy began to answer the question of how the regions fit in. Questions of attendees were thought provoking."
David Munro
Morongo Band of Mission Indians

"I found the session helpful and attended to broaden my understanding of the subject matter. However, I wanted him to expand on his mention of location based services, but we were almost out of time when he mentioned the concept."
Tom Fahy
Capitol GR

"Good Session. Most citizens "expect the world" from government agencies during a disaster. More citizens need to be able to take care of themselves during disasters until government agencies can "assist" after the disaster. More citizens need to be responsible for themselves and not "entitle" themselves and expect more than government agencies can provide."
Vance Duncan
City of Erie, Bureau of Fire

"I had difficulty hearing; although, this may have been an issue from an end user's stand point."

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As Chief of Operational Integration, Mr. Schwartz has been directly responsible for developing and managing the Gap Analysis Program (G.A.P.). This critical program enables FEMA to assess the needs of state and local jurisdictions in the critical areas of evacuation, sheltering, commodity distribution, debris removal, fuel availability and medical needs early enough so that mitigating strategies can be implemented well before the onset of the event. Mr. Schwartz was recognized as a recipient of the 2008 FEMA Administrator's Award for Outstanding Achievement for his efforts in developing and implementing the program.

Mr. Schwartz' Federal Government career spans more than 35 years. He served close to 30 years with the U.S. Customs Service, serving in the New York Region as its Chief of Commercial Operations, and in Customs Headquarters in Washington, D.C. as the Director of Trade Enforcement. During his Customs career, he has served as Port Director for the ports of Detroit and Boston, and as the Deputy Director of Field Operations for the port of Miami. From 2003 to 2006, Mr. Schwartz was a member of DHS headquarters serving as a Project Manager for MAXHR, the new performance management system of the department.