Taxpayers are not getting their money's worth from the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP) and the main problem is the program's multi-agency leadership, said witnesses testifying in a heated reauthorization hearing before the House Subcommittee on Science, Space and Technology on September 14.

NEHRP was established in 1977. It is run by four agencies—the U.S. Geological Survey, the National Science Foundation, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which leads the four. NEHRP is under scrutiny because its authorization expires at the end of fiscal year 1993. The program received $98.8 million in funding in fiscal 1993, and President Clinton has asked for $99.9 million for fiscal 1994. However, each of the witnesses agreed that NEHRP needs increased productivity, not increased dollars, and that additional money should not be allocated until the program fully utilizes its existing resources.