Washington has experienced a few bumps in the road in the recent months. The 113th Congress failed to find a budget agreement causing the government to briefly shutdown. They ended-up passing a short-term Continuing Resolution that will fund the government until January, 2014, pending the hammering out of a long-term agreement. All the budgetary drama has grabbed most of the attention in town; however, Congressional committees continue showing support for major homeland security and emergency management issues.
The focus for committees recently has been program reauthorizations, cybersecurity, and examining the response and recovery to Hurricane Sandy. Glen Cannon represented the association before the House Transportation & Infrastructure Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management and testified on the current response and recovery efforts being accomplished in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. Shortly thereafter, NEMA President Charley English testified a joint meeting of two House Homeland Security Subcommittees discussing how to bridge the gap between cybersecurity and emergency management.
NEMA will continue keeping 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
NEMA Report on EMPG Return on Investment, March 5, 2012
NEMA Report to Congress on Homeland Security Grant Program
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