Federal agencies should make a national assessment to identify progress and remaining gaps in earthquake resistance, the U.S. Government Accountability Office said in a report released Tuesday.
The National Institute of Science and Technology has said this has not been done, according to the GAO report.
NIST is one of four agencies participating in the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program. Others are the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the National Science Foundation and the US Geological Survey.
Other GAO recommendations in the report include identifying the additional measures needed to obtain input from government agencies and stakeholders on research priorities.
The GAO said that the Ministry of Commerce, the Ministry of the Interior and the Department of Homeland Security in general have agreed with its recommendations.
GAO̵7;s letter to congressional committees submitting the report states that nearly half of the US population, approximately 150 million people, live in areas that are at risk of experiencing harmful earthquakes within the next 50 years.