Washington has experienced a few bumps in the road in the recent months. The 114th Congress only has one day left to reach a budget agreement. They are likely to end-up passing a short-term Continuing Resolution that will fund the government through December. 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, lessening the impact of disasters, and examining the role of the military in disaster response and recovery. On January 27, 2015, NEMA President Bryan Koon, testified before the House Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management on lessening the impact of disasters and speeding up recovery. Koon discussed the current state of  disasters, efforts underway within the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to reengineer the Public Assistance Program, ongoing concerns with management costs, the successes seen from the Sandy Recovery Improvement Act, and issues for consideration in future legislation. In June, Jimmy Gianato, Regional Vice President of NEMA and Legislative Committee Chairman, testified before the House Committee on Homeland Security Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Communications on the role of the military in disaster response and how emergency managers and the military work together. His testimony discussed the importance of collaboration, the value of the Emergency Management Assistance Compact, and the dual status command.

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

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 
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

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