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.
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
Bill Analyses and Legislative Reports: