Summer is upon us in Washington and both Congress and the Administration are tackling a number of issues that impact the emergency management community. 

The White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) released President Trump’s FY18 Budget Proposal on May 23, 2017. The proposed budget numbers illustrate significant reductions to grants for State and local emergency responders as compared to the FY17 Consolidated Appropriations Act signed earlier this month. The Administration is also proposing a 25 percent non-Federal cost match for grant programs that currently do not require one but no details as to the nature of the cost match were included (hard or soft match). A number of programs are proposed for elimination including CVE/CCTA, Continuing Training grants, NDCP, and Emergency Food and Shelter. In addition, RiskMAP is slated for elimination and FEMA is directed to identify a way to shift the cost to NFIP policyholders. Congressional reaction has been swift and relatively bipartisan as many members have opposed the numerous cuts and eliminations to various programs. NEMA will be working with various stakeholder organizations and others in Congress and the Administration to express our concern for various cuts and support for critical programs. As a reminder: this is a proposal and there are a number of avenues to weigh in to affect the final outcome of the FY18 appropriations process.

Nomination hearings for key Administration positions continue on Capitol Hill. President Trump nominated Brock Long to be FEMA Administrator in May and his nomination hearing will be held June 7 at 10am. The hearing will be webcast on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee website. NEMA has sent a letter to HSGAC leadership expressing support for Mr. Long's nomination and will continue to support his swift confirmation.

Current Reports:
NEMA Report on EMPG Return on Investment, April 1, 2015
NEMA Report on EMPG Return on Investment, March 12, 2014
NEMA Report on EMPG Return on Investment, March 17, 2013
NEMA Report on EMPG Return on Investment, March 5, 2012

NEMA Report to Congress on Homeland Security Grant Program

Recent Testimony:
Rebuilding After the Storm: Lessening Impacts and Speeding Recovery by Bryan Koon, January 27, 2015
Role of the Military in Disaster Response by Jimmy Gianato, June 10, 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 to Congress regarding wildfire suppression acitivites on public lands.
Letter to Congress regarding fiscal year 2016 funding.
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:
2015 Annual Forum Legislative Update
2015 NEMA Legislative Priorities
2014 Mid Year Forum Legislative Update
2014 Appropriations House and Senate Comparison
Analysis of the President’s 2014 Budget Request
2013 Annual Forum Legislative Update

NEMA Legislative Priorities for 2013
Analysis of the President's 2013 Budget Request
NEMA Legislative Priorities for 2012
2012 Mid Year Forum Legislative Update

Grant Reform Initiative:
View NEMA's Grants Reform Proposal to House and Senate Appropriators
Follow-up Letter to FEMA's Grants Programs Directorate, April 9, 2012


Contact the NEMA DC Office

NEMA Washington, DC

Hall of the States Building
444 North Capitol Street NW, Suite 401
Washington, DC 20001

Director of Government Relations:


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