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Elections and the seating of the 114th Congress dominated news in Washington, D.C. since NEMA last met in October. While there are many new faces in Congress, issues for emergency management and homeland security professionals continues to remain a priority.

Congress passed an omnibus for the balance of the fiscal year.  The omnibus covered all departments and agencies except the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).  Due to an Executive Order by the White House on immigration, Congress delayed a decision on DHS with another CR until February.

The focus for committees has been program reauthorizations, cybersecurity, and examining the overall cost of disasters. Bryan Koon represented the association before the House Transportation & Infrastructure Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management and testified on the current state of disasters and the successes seen from the Sandy Recovery Improvement Act.

NEMA will continue to keep a close eye on measures that effect major emergency management and homeland security concerns. We will continue to provide updates and input on the issues affecting our members. As always, we look forward to engaging State emergency management stakeholders as the year moves forward.


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.

View NEMA's Grants Reform Proposal to House and Senate Appropriators

Follow-up Letter to FEMA's Grants Programs Directorate, April 9, 2012


Current Reports:

NEMA Report on EMPG Return on Investment, April 3, 2015

 NEMA Report on EMPG Return on Investment, March 5, 2012

NEMA Report to Congress on Homeland Security Grant Program


Recent Testimony:

Disaster Cost for House Transportation and Infrastructure by Bryan Koon, January 27, 2015

Disaster Mitigation for House Transportation and Infrastructure by Bryan Koon, April 3, 2014

Grant Metrics for Senate Homeland Security by John Madden, June 24, 2013

Social Media in Disasters for House Homeland Security by Albert Ashwood, July 9, 2013

Hurricane Sandy Response and Recovery for House Transportation and Infrastructure by Glen Cannon, September 18, 2013

Cybersecurity in Emergency Management for House Homeland Security by Charley English, October 30, 2013

Outside Witness Testimony for Senate Appropriations, April 19, 2012

2013 Appropriations and State and Local Grants by Jim Mullen, March 7, 2012


Letters to Congress and the Administration:

Letter for follow up question regarding Sandy Recovery Improvement Act in Disaster Mitigation hearing

Letter from 9 associations to House and Senate Leadership regarding cybersecurity

Letters to House and Senate Appropriators regarding fiscal year 2012 funding


Bill Analyses and Legislative Reports:

2014 Mid Year Forum Legislative Update

2013 Annual Forum Legislative Update

2014 Appropriations House and Senate Comparison

Analysis of the President’s 2014 Budget Request

NEMA Legislative Priorities for 2013

NEMA Legislative Priorities for 2012

2012 Mid Year Forum Legislative Update

Analysis of the President's 2013 Budget Request

Contact the NEMA DC Office

NEMA Washington, DC

Hall of the States Building
444 North Capitol Street NW, Suite 401
Washington, DC 20001
Phone: (202) 624-5460
FAX: (202) 624-5875

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National Emergency Management Association
PO Box 11910
Lexington, KY 40578
Phone: (859) 244-8000 Fax: (859) 244-8239