Bipartisan Law Enacted to Improve FEMA’s Pre-Disaster Contracts

Government Executive: President Trump enacted a bipartisan measure last week to improve the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s process for issuing contracts prior to disasters to ensure readiness.

After the government’s largely problematic response to Hurricane Katrina in 2005 led to the FEMA director resigning and confusion with emergency contracts, Congress mandated that FEMA issue advance contracts, so it can be better equipped to mobilize when disaster strikes. Then came 2017––a historically detrimental year for hurricanes and wildfires.

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