This bill would require the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to make a plan to reduce the cost of administering programs that offer grants and technical assistance in areas affected by major disasters.
Specifically, FEMA would be directed to:
Develop and implement an integrated plan to track, control, and reduce administrative costs when FEMA delivers assistance for major disasters;
Compare the costs and benefits of tracking administrative data in the following programs: public assistance, individual assistance, hazard mitigation, and mission assignment;
Clarify FEMA guidance and minimum documentation requirements for a direct administrative cost claimed by a grantee or subgrantee of a public assistance grant program authorized by the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act.
FEMA would be required to submit to Congress a report on the development and implementation of the previous fiscal year’s plan, with three-year and five-year updates each year by November 30 that includes:
The total amount spent on administrative costs and the average percentage of administrative costs of major disasters for each fiscal year;
An assessment of the plan’s effectiveness;
An analysis of whether FEMA is achieving its strategic goals for administrative costs, and if not, what is preventing it from doing so;
Any actions FEMA has identified as useful in improving upon and reaching those goals;
Any administrative cost data for major disasters, if FEMA determines it is feasible to track such data.