Federal 100: Eric Berman

Eric Berman
Program Manager, Hazards U.S.
Federal Emergency Management Agency
Homeland Security Department

Eric Berman breathed new life into FEMA's sophisticated risk analysis and mapping technology and, by doing so, made the tool a global standard.

Hazus, which FEMA uses to calculate probable damages from natural disasters, is highly sensitive to user inputs, and past inconsistencies led senior officials to suspend the program in 2005. Last year, with a modest budget and no direct staff, Berman rebuilt Hazus by incorporating quality control, standard operating procedures and scientific peer review.

Thanks to Berman's hard work, Hazus was used in Haiti to help with recovery and rebuilding after that country's devastating earthquake, Chilean officials intend to develop a Hazus-like tool to deal with earthquakes in their country, and CNN now uses Hazus to let the public know what to expect from impending hurricanes.

Read more about the 2011 Federal 100 award winners.

About the Author

Alice Lipowicz is a staff writer covering government 2.0, homeland security and other IT policies for Federal Computer Week.

Featured

  • Defense
    Ryan D. McCarthy being sworn in as Army Secretary Oct. 10, 2019. (Photo credit: Sgt. Dana Clarke/U.S. Army)

    Army wants to spend nearly $1B on cloud, data by 2025

    Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy said lack of funding or a potential delay in the JEDI cloud bid "strikes to the heart of our concern."

  • Congress
    Rep. Jim Langevin (D-R.I.) at the Hack the Capitol conference Sept. 20, 2018

    Jim Langevin's view from the Hill

    As chairman of of the Intelligence and Emerging Threats and Capabilities subcommittee of the House Armed Services Committe and a member of the House Homeland Security Committee, Rhode Island Democrat Jim Langevin is one of the most influential voices on cybersecurity in Congress.

Stay Connected

FCW INSIDER

Sign up for our newsletter.

I agree to this site's Privacy Policy.