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Public Assistance Program & Policy Guide

The Public Assistance Program and Policy Guide provides an overview of Presidential Declarations and PA Program Authorities as well as PA Policy and Program Administration.

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Public Assistance Program Fact Sheet

Provides an overview of the Public Assistance program including who can claim assistance, eligible types of work, the application process and how the funding is managed.

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Public Assistance Private Property Debris Removal

Addresses the potential availability of assistance for clearing debris from private property. Includes details on the approval process, environmental considerations to be aware of, how insurance proceeds effect funding as well as legal requirements.

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Public Assistance Contracting Requirements Checklist

Covers which specific types of contracts to avoid and provides a detailed list of procurement requirements including ensuring full and open competition, cost analysis and records retention.

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Public Assistance Debris Removal Guide

Provides an overview of incentives and requirements for the timely and cost-effective completion of debris removal projects including the Federal Cost share, utilizing existing employees to complete the work and developing a debris management plan.

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General Record-keeping Guidelines

Serves as fundamental guidance as to what information and documentation you should be keeping records of throughout the entire public assistance process such as deeds, insurance policies, maintenance records, employee timesheets, inventory lists, etc.

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Public Assistance Direct Administrative Cost Pilot Policy

Lays out an option to simplify and reduce the administrative burden for all parties involved while adding some incentive for timely submission and closeout of your projects. Includes details on participation requirements, how DAC funding can be utilized and documentation that must be submitted.

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New Exempt Employee Rule

The Dept. of Labor projects this new ruling will cost employers an estimated $12 billion over the next 10 years.

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GAO Report: Disaster Recovery Lessons

GAO Reports Lessons and Insights Identified From Review Of Past Disasters

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Disaster Recovery: FEMA on the Gulf Coast

GAO Reports Issues Contributing to Rebuilding Process After 2005 Hurricane

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Insights on Disaster Recovery

GAO Reports Findings From Six Disasters Occuring Betweeen 1989 to 2005

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GSA Schedule

General Services Administration Federal Supply Service Authorized Federal Supply Schedule Price List

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Efforts to Expedite Disaster Recovery in Louisiana

Dept. of Homeland Security Recommends Improvement To Public Assistance Program

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Davis-Bacon: Lessons Learned

The first time I read “Davis-Bacon Labor Standards: A Contractor’s Guide to Prevailing Wage Requirements for Federally-Assisted Construction Projects,” the document review process seemed simple and straightforward. However, after years...

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Keep Your Head Above Water

With tropical storms and hurricanes dominating the news—and many of our day-to-day lives—it’s important to think about flood insurance. Hurricane Harvey dumped over 50 inches of rain onto Texas in...

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Recovery for the Short and Long Term

CDBG-DR funds serve as a lifeline to survivors of catastrophic events. These programs have measurably improved the quality of life for so many impacted citizens, particularly our most vulnerable residents....

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Be an Inspiration

When I sit back and reflect on my family ancestry and those that have influenced my leadership style, it becomes clear to me that it’s often the women in my...

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Wherever the Path May Lead

I sit and watch the devastation that Texas is facing and am flooded with emotion. Twelve years ago, I was one of those people I see on television. It’s just...

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The Texas Way

With a resilient job market, great Mexican food, and small-town feel, the Texas Gulf Coast is a great place to call home. According to the Texas Relocation Report, “Texas experienced...

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Subrecipient Monitoring and Its Impact on Your Program

When a grantee passes federal funding to a subrecipient who follows through with a project or program, a true partnership is created. Both the grantee and the subrecipient are responsible...

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Proper Treatment of Activity Delivery Costs That Can't Be Tied to a Final Cost Objective

In the disaster recovery world, costs incurred as a result of implementing and executing allowable CDBG activities are known “Activity Delivery Costs.” These costs are directly attributable to a CDBG...

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A Letter to Me

I often find myself deep in thought, contemplating “what-if” scenarios. What if I won the lottery? What if my parents never emigrated from Mexico? What if I became a teacher...

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Developing the Leaders of Tomorrow

On a recent Saturday morning, I stood with my niece at the crossroads of a busy intersection to help her sell highly-sought after Girl Scout cookies. It would have been...