Disaster Assistance: Improvements Needed in Determining Eligibility for Public Assistance

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DIANE Publishing - 68 pages
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A report on the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) procedures for determining the eligibility for assistance of state & local governments & other recipients following disasters, the controls used to ensure that disbursements made under the program are in accordance with the work authorized by FEMA, & possible options to modify FEMA's eligibility criteria. FEMA may make public assistance grants to state & local governments & certain nonprofit organizations for three general purposes: the removal of debris, emergency protective measures, & permanent restoration.

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Page 32 - Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Circular A128, "Audits of State and Local Governments," or requirements established under OMB Circular A-133, "Audits of Institutions of Higher Education and Other Nonprofit Organizations,
Page 5 - Ranking Minority Member, Subcommittee on Government Management, Information and Technology, House Committee on Government Reform; and Representative Constance A.
Page 2 - Member of the Subcommittee on VA, HUD, and Independent Agencies, Senate Committee on Appropriations.
Page 1 - Major contributors to this report are listed in appendix IV. Sincerely yours, Judy A. England-Joseph Director, Housing and Community Development Issues...
Page 20 - Apply uniformly to all similar types of facilities within the jurisdiction of owner of the facility; and (5) For any standard in effect at the time of a disaster, it must have been enforced during the time it was in effect. (c) Hazard mitigation. In approving grant assistance for restoration of facilities, the Regional Director may require cost effective hazard mitigation measures...
Page 16 - Chairman, Subcommittee on VA, HUD and Independent Agencies, Senate Committee on Appropriations...
Page 21 - Private nonprofit facility—"Private nonprofit facility" means private nonprofit educational, utility, emergency, medical, rehabilitational, and temporary or permanent custodial care facilities (including those for the aged and disabled), other private nonprofit facilities which provide essential services of a governmental nature to the general public, and facilities on Indian reservations as defined by the President.
Page 2 - The Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) public assistance program funds the repair of eligible public and private nonprofit facilities — such as roads, government buildings, utilities, and hospitals — that are damaged in natural disasters. Under the program, FEMA has obligated over $6.5 billion for disasters that occurred during fiscal years 1989 through 1994.
Page 4 - FEMA'S regulations provide that private nonprofit facilities that "provide essential services of a governmental nature to the general public" may be eligible for assistance.
Page 11 - In constant 1995 dollars, FEMA obligated over $6.5 billion in public assistance for 246 disasters and emergencies declared during fiscal years 1989 through 1994, as compared with about $1 billion for 151 disasters and emergencies declared during the preceding 6 fiscal...

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