This bill — the Disclosing Aid Spent to Ensure Relief (DISASTER) Act — would require the Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to submit a report to Congress on federal disaster-related assistance for the previous fiscal year on the same day that the president makes their annual budget submission to Congress. This report would be made publicly available on the OMB’s website in a searchable, sortable and downloadable format.
“Disaster-related assistance” would be defined as federal obligations related to disaster response, recovery, and mitigation efforts, as well as administrative costs associated with these activities. This includes spending by the: Dept. of Agriculture, Commerce Dept., Army Corps of Engineers, Dept. of Defense (DOD), Dept. of Education, Dept. of Homeland Security (DHS), Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Dept. of the Interior, Dept. of Justice (DOJ), Dept. of Labor, Dept. of Transportation (DOT), Treasury Dept. Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Dept. of Veterans Affairs (VA), Corporation for National and Community Service, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Federal Judiciary, Small Business Administration Disaster Assistance Program, Dept. of Energy (DOE), General Services Administration, and other authorities as appropriate.
The report would detail the previous fiscal year’s:
- Overall amount of disaster-related assistance obligations during the fiscal year;
- Disaster-related assistance obligations by agency and account;
- Disaster(s) for which federal spending was obligated;
- Obligations by disaster;
- Disaster-related assistance by disaster type;
- Response and recovery spending;
- Mitigation spending;
- Spending in the form of loans; and
- Spending in the form of grants.