This bill, known as the FACE Act, would direct the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to report to Congress on advance contracts, which are contracts established before disaster to provide goods and services in the immediate aftermath of a disaster.
The report would be required to include:
- Information on recurring disaster response requirements, and
- An updated strategy defining the objectives of advance contracts, explaining how advance contracts contribute to FEMA disaster response operations, maximizing the award of advance contracts to small business concerns, and assessing whether and how advance contracts should be prioritized in relation to new post-disaster contract awards.
Additionally, this legislation would define additional responsibilities for FEMA with respect to advance contracts. These responsibilities would include requiring FEMA to 1) update and implement guidance for its program office and acquisition personnel to identify acquisition planning time frames and considerations across the entire acquisition planning process, and 2) communicate the purpose and use of a master acquisition planning schedule.
This bill’s full title is the Federal Advance Contracts Enhancement (FACE) Act.