IEM Leadership

Edward Johnson

Senior Advisor Homeland Security and Emergency Management

Edward Johnson is President of EHJ-Solutions, a consulting firm focused on resolving organizational, administrative, and business requirements and problems, with special focus on budget, financial, administrative, and leadership issues, as well as government operations.

Mr. Johnson retired as the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Senior Advisor to the Chief of Staff for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) where he provided exceptional advice, counsel, and direction to senior FEMA leadership, including the FEMA Administrator and Deputy Administrator on budget, financial, programmatic, internal control, and more. He also represented FEMA to the Department of Homeland Security, Office of Management and Budget, and Congressional offices on these matters, and led an organization of 250 professionals and technical staff. At FEMA, Mr. Johnson served on the Sandy Recovery Improvement Act senior leadership implementation team, which included retooling FEMA’s rules to better integrate public assistance and mitigation grants to enhance recovery results. Further, he worked extensively with all FEMA program offices to identify ways to increase operational results and controls for all types of financial assistance (e.g., individual assistance, public assistance, hazard mitigation, preparedness, etc.). He also resolved millions in aged debts owed to FEMA and remediated audit and Office of Inspector general findings.

Before joining FEMA, Mr. Johnson was the Director of the Burlington Finance Center for the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), a nationally recognized leader in all areas of financial management and reporting, handling billions in financial accounts. While at ICE, he also served as the Acting Director for Financial Management for many extended periods, as well as ICE’s Acting Chief and Deputy Chief Financial Officer.

Prior to ICE, Johnson was the Assistant Regional Director for Planning, Analysis, and Data Support (Eastern Region) for the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. He has also held numerous senior positions with the legacy Immigration and Naturalization Service, including Acting Director and Deputy Director for Budget, Assistant Regional Director for Finance, and Director of Resource Management. He also served in senior positions with the Office of Management and Budget (Executive Office of the President) and the Environmental Protection Agency.

Mr. Johnson completed numerous special assignments and details during his distinguished federal career, including assisting with the stand-up of the Department of Homeland Security and the Border and Transportation Security Directorate, helping produce the national INS Detention and Removal and the Eastern Region Border Enforcement Strategic Plans, working on administration transition teams, and setting up new systems and business procedures.

Mr. Johnson is an honors graduate of St. Michael’s College of Vermont, as well as Harvard University’s Senior Executive Fellows Program, the Department of Agriculture’s Leadership Development Academy, and other training programs. He was a recipient of numerous awards and commendations during his distinguished career, including Meritorious Service, Superior Achievement, and Exemplary Performance awards, as well as a Presidential letter and Congressional Record citation.

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IEM became one of the first companies to focus solely on emergency management and to use quantitative data and science to inform decisions in emergency management. Over the past 35 years, IEM has grown from a company of one to an employer of over 550 employees, and has provided clients and communities with innovative solutions that produce results and save lives.

The Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program (CSEPP) is jointly managed by FEMA and the U.S. Army. The program ensures maximum protection for the communities surrounding U.S. chemical weapons stockpile sites. Since 1993, IEM has provided program integration services to FEMA and through FEMA to the states and counties that are part of CSEPP.

In 1999, FEMA selected IEM to be the CSEPP onsite Program Management and Integration Contractor. IEM worked with program managers to develop a flexible protection framework that broke down the “maximum protection” mandate into measurable benchmarks. These benchmarks have been adopted by emergency managers in 10 states, 40 countries, and one Tribal Nation.
IEM was awarded a five-year BPA with FEMA to continue working to further CSEPP initiatives between 2000 and 2004. During this time IEM was contracted to develop a secure website to facilitate communication and information-sharing among CSEPP planners nationwide who work in different jurisdictions. The website IEM created now has over 1,000 active users who use it as their primary source of CSEPP information. IEM also developed a demonstration version of an interactive computer-based “game” designed to illustrate the effects of different protective action decisions in a CSEPP emergency to citizens in the Madison County, KY, CSEPP community.

FEMA awarded IEM a second five-year BPA from 2005-2011. IEM was asked to provide CSEPP technical and analytical studies, risk assessments, support for development of programmatic guidance and preparation of reports to Congress. IEM was required to evaluate the Oregon CSEPP community’s readiness in the event of a depot incident. IEM also assisted in the planning and execution of regular readiness exercises and supported pre-exercise meetings. IEM’s work for CSEPP has been recognized on multiple levels. In 2004, FEMA and IEM received a Profiles in Innovation Award for Emergency Preparedness and Response Excellence from GOVSEC (Government Security Expo and Conference). IEM continues to work with FEMA to increase preparedness and achieve measurable results.

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QEM uses the information gathered from conducting different scenarios to calculate the risk and impact of implementing different risk-reducing strategies. It pinpoints the actions that are the most effective at reducing risk across a wide spectrum of potential events. QEM allows clients to know the best way to allocate funds and bridge gaps in preparedness without spending thousands of dollars to implement ideas that cannot work.

QEM’s methodology has been applied to hundreds of IEM projects, such as readiness assessments, chemical plant mitigation studies, protective action analyses, and hurricane evacuation planning. The U.S. Army and FEMA have repeatedly used QEM technology to assess strategies to protect citizens in case of an accidental release of chemical agents. DOD’s Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) also utilized QEM to quantify the effectiveness of various chemical defense systems. The software continues to provide valuable solutions to clients.