Spring has sprung here in Washington and the 113th Congress is well underway tackling major homeland security and emergency management priorities. After a hectic few months of the year, the major take-away seems to be that the “new normal” is far from routine. The major economic losses from Hurricane Sandy last November threw a wrench into the budget process requiring a disaster supplemental and reform legislation that became a critical opportunity to address key emergency management issues. Due to the delay from FY13, the President’s FY2014 budget request was delivered to Congress in early April. Capitol Hill wasted no time scheduling budget hearings to discuss the request and outline their priorities for development of Appropriations bills over the coming weeks. The NEMA Legislative Summary of the FY2014 Budget Request can be found here.
Now that the dust has settled from the 2012 elections, Congressional Committees have taken shape with many new faces on committees with homeland security and emergency management jurisdiction. Without an election to distract lawmakers, key priorities like cybersecurity, program authorizations, and grant reform will likely get attention during committee meetings and markups. NEMA looks forward to providing input on issues affecting our members and we look forward to engaging State emergency management stakeholders as the year progresses.
Grant Reform Initiative:
After more than 6 months of meetings, conference calls, and over 20 drafts, we are very pleased to finally be able to provide you the final product of NEMA's effort to examine the suite of homeland security and emergency management grants. This effort was spurred by our desire to provide a response more than "please don't cut funding" to these grants in this time of austerity while also providing some potentially positive changes. Please do not hesitate to contact us as you review this proposal.
Letters to Congress and the Administration:
Letter from 9 associations to House and Senate Leadership regarding cybersecurity
Bill Analyses and Legislative Reports: