Today is DHS' Eighth (8) birthday as it doors opened for real on March 1, 2003. Still a child.
FEMA's 32 Birthday is actually on April 1, 2011 so still a month off.
I am no longer willing to predict that FEMA in some form will outlast DHS. Why? Betting both are gone by the end of the 2nd decade of the 20th Century.
Basic reasons: First, not learning organizations. Second, not agile organizations.
Hoping I am wrong of course because both have day jobs and nighttime jobs in the Executive Branch.
The departure of Senator Joesph Lieberman in 2012 from the US Senate and the likelihood of Republican control of that body almost ensure that a total re-evaluation of the DHS/FEMA paradigm will occur.