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house Bill H.R. 1117

To require the Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency to submit a report regarding certain plans regarding assistance to applicants and grantees during the response to an emergency or disaster.

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  • EnactedOctober 18th, 2017
    The President signed this bill into law
  • The senate Passed October 4th, 2017
    Passed by Voice Vote
      senate Committees
      Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
  • The house Passed March 27th, 2017
    Roll Call Vote 408 Yea / 0 Nay
      house Committees
      Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
      Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management
    IntroducedFebruary 16th, 2017

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Official Title

To require the Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency to submit a report regarding certain plans regarding assistance to applicants and grantees during the response to an emergency or disaster.

Summary

(This measure has not been amended since it was reported to the House on March 9, 2017. The summary of that version is repeated here.) (Sec. 1) This bill directs the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to report to Congress regarding its plans to provide: (1) consistent guidance to applicants on FEMA disaster funding procedures during the response to an emergency or disaster, (2) appropriate record maintenance and transfer of documents to new teams during staff transitions, and (3) accurate assistance to applicants and grantees to ease the administrative burden throughout the process of obtaining and monitoring assistance. The report must: (1) include a plan for implementing operating procedures and document retention requirements to ensure the maintenance of appropriate records throughout the life cycle of the emergency or disaster; and (2) identify new technologies to aid the disaster workforce in partnering with state, local, and tribal governments and private nonprofits in the wake of a disaster or emergency to educate, assist, and inform applicants on the status of their applications and projects.
    there is no public info. please provide details
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    Public info is listed on Congress.gov. The bill essentially provides for FEMA to report and update Congress on emergency implementation plans and necessary new technologies, as well as to provide assistance to grantees and applicants. It's good!
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    Be transparent
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    In an emergency, people need FEMA to be able to react quickly to the needs of citizens in crisis. This legislation puts additional red tape, obstacles and a partisan politics in the path of rapid response. I can actually picture politicians in RED states denying assistance to people in need based on voting patterns of citizens living in cities or counties designated as BLUE. Perhaps that is the purpose of this proposal. It reeks.
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    Feels like this would delay response times, which is the opposite of what we need.
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    Absolutely, FEMA uses someone else's money, that must be accounted for.
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    There seems to be some confusion on the part of the people voting nay, at least how i am reading it on (Congress.gov). This bill will NOT stop FEMA from taking the necessary steps during a natural disaster, it is not a proposal for assistance. This is merely reporting as it relates to preparedness and follow-up of the services given when a disaster occurs. Follow-up and transparency are the necessary building blocks for continued maturation of FEMA. (Ref. Congress.gov Bill H.R. 1117)
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    If HR 1117 delays action by FEMA while a state of emergency is in progress, please vote NO. FEMA needs to act quickly, not have more red tape added when people in any state are in need of immediate assistance.
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    In emergencies, immediacy is paramount. Submitting a plan before delivering aid is nonsensical. Maybe some preliminary plans that could apply to disasters of same kind: tornado in rural area, water event affecting 250K+ people, etc. don't require a plan before meeting basic physical needs.
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    My family works for FEMA. They are already buried in so many levels of reporting and nonsense they can't hire or keep people or act when necessary.
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    This should not get in the way of FEMA's ability to handle emergencies. If anything, this would prompt a review of preparedness, which will improve responsiveness.
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    You should have this on file as a matter of business
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    This bill requests FEMA file a report to Congress on their plans regarding: 1) creating consistent funding guidance, 2) record management, and 3) easing administrative burden for fund applicants. Seems like an appropriate request.
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    FEMA already struggles to deliver aid in emergencies. Requiring additional scrutiny sounds like excessive bureaucratic red tape when citizens are in need of immediate assistance. NAY!
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    I'd like to know more, but I do not want FEMA to have more obstacles to their ability to respond to situations immediately. This seems like bureaucratic red tape that would actually impede FEMA's fast response time.
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    It would be good to know the plans in place in case of natural disaster and how it will be handled. If we have the infrastructure anyway might as well prove it is worth being around.
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    I'm surprised that this isn't taking place already.
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    More planning ahead of time so there is less red tape and confusion DURING the disaster.
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    NO!
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    FEMA needs to be held accountable. Period.
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