Online Webinar Series Focuses on Procurements Under Disaster Grants

FEMA’s Office of Chief Counsel (OCC) recently published an eight-part webinar series on the FEMA website offering detailed information for recipients and sub-recipients of FEMA disaster grants as they navigate the federal procurement process. The video modules were produced by OCC’s Procurement Disaster Assistance Team (PDAT), and are not intended to be a substitute for legal advice or live procurement under grants training. The webinars describe procurement standards under the Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards (also known as the “Uniform Rules”), (2 C.F.R. §§ 200.317-.326).

 

FEMA recommends watching the webinars in sequential order. Topics discussed include, in part; the roles of federal and non-federal entities in the procurement under grants process; rules applicable to states, including state agencies; rules applicable to local governments, tribes, and nonprofits, sometimes collectively referred to as non-Federal Entities (NFEs); competition and procurement methods that apply to NFEs; socioeconomic contracting; pre-procurement document review and bonding requirements for NFEs; procurement of recovered materials or required contract provisions; and the differences between the current procurement standards and previous procurement standards.

 

The webinars may be useful for FEMA stakeholders in the public, private, tribal, or non-profit sectors or any other emergency management personnel working on procurements under grants. Please visit www.fema.gov/procurement-disaster-assistance-team to watch the webinar series and learn more about important procurement legal standards under FEMA disaster grants.

FEMA Tribal Outreach and Consultation Period on FEMA Tribal Consultation Policy

FEMA initiated a 90-day outreach and consultation period from June 1 to August 29, 2017, to seek input from federally recognized Indian tribal governments on the update of the agency’s Tribal Consultation Policy. The FEMA Tribal Consultation Policy, first issued in 2014, acknowledges the agency’s nation-to-nation relationship with tribal governments. The policy also guides how FEMA engages tribal governments in regular and meaningful consultation and collaboration on policy and actions that have tribal implications.

 

This consultation period aims to update the policy to reflect current authorities and best practices, as well as follow FEMA’s new policy document format requirements. FEMA seeks input and feedback from tribal leaders, or their designees, during the consultation period to help inform the development of an updated policy. FEMA headquarters and regional offices will engage tribal officials through face-to-face meetings, conferences, conference calls, and webinars to seek input and answer questions on the current FEMA Tribal Consultation Policy.

 

Tribal officials can submit comments on the FEMA Tribal Consultation until August 29, 2017, through:

– E-mail to tribalconsultation@fema.dhs.gov, or

– Mail to ATTN: Margeau Valteau, Office of External Affairs, DHS/FEMA, 500 C Street SW, MS 3193, Washington, DC 20472.

Continuity Guidance Circular Draft Released for National Engagement

FEMA released the draft of an updated Continuity Guidance Circular for national engagement. The document provides recommendations on developing and maintaining the capability to ensure continuity of operations, continuity of government, and enduring constitutional government. National preparedness and sustainment of essential functions is a shared responsibility of the whole community – business, nonprofit and governmental entities. FEMA’s National Continuity Programs developed the Circular in 2009 and issued its first revision in 2013.

 

The document describes the fundamental theories and concepts to unify the application of continuity principles, planning, and capabilities across the nation. It further describes federal and non-federal continuity efforts; outlines whole community continuity roles, responsibilities, and coordinating structures; and describes the process for building and maintaining continuity capabilities. Many jurisdictions and organizations already have an existing continuity program and plan, and will use the Circular to refine capabilities and processes.

 

The 30-day national engagement period includes several 60-minute engagement webinars to describe the draft document, provide information on how to submit feedback, and to answer stakeholders’ questions. Feedback from stakeholders will shape the development of the final document.

 

For more information and to review the draft documents, visit www.fema.gov/continuity-guidance-circular by July 6, 2017. Submit your completed feedback form to FEMA-CGC@fema.dhs.gov.

Linkedin Group discontinued on June 30th

The Emergency Manager’s Weekly Report’s Linkedin Group will be discontinued on June 30.  Please refer to my earlier Blog Post on why this occurring.  I’ll be transitioning to posting on Linkedin via a Linkedin Company Page.  Please feel free to “Like” this page, if not you can still get daily news and resources from the other social media pages, such as:

New Instagram Account

To keep current with social media I have added an Instagram account to the Emergency Manager’s Weekly Report.  I have already begun to post to this account which is available at: https://www.instagram.com/emweeklyrpt/  The site will go live on July 1st!

I’m new to Instagram so I’ll be fine tuning this account.  If anyone has any suggestions on ways to improve it I’m open to suggestions.  In the meantime enjoy!

Steve Detwiler

Editor

Emergency Manager’s Weekly Report

DHS ANNOUNCES FUNDING OPPORTUNITY FOR FY 2017 PREPAREDNESS GRANTS

Today, Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly announced the release of Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 Notices of Funding Opportunity for 10 DHS preparedness grant programs totaling more than $1.6 billion. The grant programs provide funding to state, local, tribal, and territorial governments, as well as transportation authorities, nonprofit organizations, and the private sector, to improve the nation’s readiness in preventing, protecting against, responding to, recovering from and mitigating terrorist attacks, major disasters and other emergencies. The grants reflect the Department’s focus on funding for programs that address our nation’s immediate security needs and ensure public safety in our communities.

The FY 2017 grant guidance will continue to focus on the nation’s highest risk areas, including urban areas that face the most significant threats.  For FY 2017, the Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) will enhance regional preparedness and capabilities by funding 33 high-threat, high-density urban areas. This represents Congressional intent to limit FY 2017 UASI funding to those Urban Areas that represent up to 85 percent of the nationwide risk, as stated in the Explanatory Statement accompanying the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act, 2017 (Pub. L. No. 115-31).

Consistent with previous grant guidance, dedicated funding is provided for law enforcement and terrorism prevention throughout the country to prepare for, prevent and respond to pre-operational activity and other crimes that are precursors or indicators of terrorist activity.

Grant recipients are encouraged to use grant funding to maintain and sustain current critical core capabilities through investments in training and exercises, updates to current planning and procedures, and lifecycle replacement of equipment.  New capabilities that are built using homeland security grant funding must be deployable if needed to support regional and national efforts.  All capabilities being built or sustained must have a clear linkage to the core capabilities in the National Preparedness Goal.

Preparedness Grant Program Allocations for Fiscal Year 2017:

Emergency Management Performance Grant (EMPG)—provides more than $350 million to assist state, local, tribal, territorial governments in enhancing and sustaining all-hazards emergency management capabilities.

Homeland Security Grant Program (HSGP)—
provides more than $1 billion for states and urban areas to prevent, protect against, mitigate, respond to, and recover from acts of terrorism and other threats.

  • State Homeland Security Program (SHSP)—provides $402 million to support the implementation of risk-driven, capabilities-based State Homeland Security Strategies to address capability targets. States are required to dedicate 25 percent of SHSP funds to law enforcement terrorism prevention activities.
  • Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI)—provides $580 million to enhance regional preparedness and capabilities in 33 high-threat, high-density areas. States and Urban Areas are required to dedicate 25 percent of UASI funds to law enforcement terrorism prevention activities.
  • Operation Stonegarden (OPSG)—provides $55 million to enhance cooperation and coordination among local, tribal, territorial, state and federal law enforcement agencies to jointly enhance security along the United States land and water borders.

 

Since the enactment of the 9/11 Act, FEMA has required states to ensure that at least 25 percent of the total funds awarded to them under SHSP and UASI are dedicated toward law enforcement terrorism prevention activities (LETPA).  The total LETPA allocation can be satisfied from SHSP, UASI or both. In addition, states must obligate at least 80 percent of the funds awarded under SHSP and UASI to local or tribal units of government within 45 days of receipt of the funds.

Tribal Homeland Security Grant Program (THSGP)—provides $10 million to eligible tribal nations to implement preparedness initiatives to help strengthen the nation against risk associated with potential terrorist attacks and other hazards.

Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP)—provides $25 million to support target hardening and other physical security enhancements for nonprofit organizations that are at high risk of a terrorist attack and located within one of the FY 2015 UASI-eligible urban areas.

Intercity Passenger Rail – Amtrak (IPR) Program—provides $10 million to protect critical surface transportation infrastructure and the traveling public from acts of terrorism and increase the resilience of the Amtrak rail system.

Port Security Grant Program (PSGP)—provides $100 million to help protect critical port infrastructure from terrorism, enhance maritime domain awareness, improve port-wide maritime security risk management, and maintain or reestablish maritime security mitigation protocols that support port recovery and resiliency capabilities.

Transit Security Grant Program (TSGP)—provides $88 million to owners and operators of transit systems to protect critical surface transportation and the traveling public from acts of terrorism and to increase the resilience of transit infrastructure.

Intercity Bus Security Grant Program (IBSGP)—provides $2 million to owners and operators of intercity bus systems to protect critical surface transportation infrastructure and the traveling public from acts of terrorism and to increase the resilience of transit infrastructure. 

All preparedness Notices of Funding Opportunities can be found at www.grants.gov. Final submissions must be made through the Non-Disaster (ND) Grants system located at https://portal.fema.gov

Further information on DHS’s preparedness grant programs is available at www.dhs.gov and http://www.fema.gov/grants.
If you have any questions, please contact FEMA’s Intergovernmental Affairs Division at (202) 646-3444 or at FEMA-IGA@fema.dhs.gov.

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FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.

IAEM: President Trump’s Budget for FY 2018

President Trump, earlier today, released his budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2018, a budget that calls for an additional $22 billion for the Department of Defense and cuts totaling $54 billion for non-defense discretionary spending.

Of particular interest to state and local emergency managers, the President’s budget would significantly cut all the preparedness grant programs including EMPG and the State Homeland Security Grant program.  The Administration is also proposing a 25 percent non-Federal cost match for grant programs that currently do not require one. His budget also proposes to eliminate NDCP, Continuing Training grants, CVE/CCTA, and Emergency Food and Shelter.  In addition, RiskMAP is slated for elimination and FEMA is directed to identify a way to shift the cost to NFIP policyholders.

While there is much in the President’s budget for emergency managers to be concerned about, Congress will now have their say.  Senators and Members of Congress from both sides of the political divide have indicated the President’s budget is “dead on arrival.” Even so, there will be lots of competing demands for limited federal resources.

If you haven’t already (and even if you have), please take a moment to contact your Senators and Member of Congress to stress the importance of preparedness grants to the work you do on a daily basis to help prepare for, respond to, recover from, and mitigate against natural and man-made disasters in your community.

 

  • FEMA Federal Assistance (total)  – $2,064,130,000    (FY 2017 – $2,709,531,000)
  • Emergency Management Program Grants – $279,335,000   (FY 2017 – $350,000,000)
  • State Homeland Security Grants – $ 349,362,000   (FY 2017 – $467,000,000)
  • Firefighter Assistance Grants – $344,344,000  (FY 2017 – $345,000,000)
  • Pre-Disaster Mitigation – $ 39,016,000  (FY 2017 – $100,000,000)
  • Disaster Relief Fund – $7,351,720,000  (FY 2017 – $7,328,000,000)
  • National Weather Service – $937,000,000  (FY 2017 – $980,000,000)

 

Click here to see the President’s Budget for FY 2018.

Click here to see the DHS portion of the President’s budget (FEMA section on page 524)

Click here to see the Congressional Budget Justifications.