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 Peter Drenan Dewberry, Associate Vice President 32 years of experience including 10 years with FEMA’s Public Assistance program and 10+ years as architect.

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2  Peter Drenan Dewberry, Associate Vice President 32 years of experience including 10 years with FEMA’s Public Assistance program and 10+ years as architect at University of Virginia  Ron Campbell University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, Emergency Management Coordinator 24 years of experience in emergency management including more than a dozen disaster events including Hurricane Irene at UNC-CH

3  Recent Experience  What is Public Assistance  Common Challenges  Tools and Tips  Recovery Program

4  Snow Storms  Hurricane Irene

5  Provides assistance so that communities can quickly respond to and recover from major disasters or emergencies declared by the President.  FEMA provides supplemental Federal disaster grant assistance for: Debris removal Emergency protective measures Repair, replacement, or restoration of disaster-damaged, publicly owned facilities Provides assistance for hazard mitigation measures during the recovery process.  The Federal share of assistance is not less than 75% of the eligible cost for emergency measures and permanent restoration.

6  MONEY $$$$$  Benefits: Maximum reimbursement Expeditious project approval Credibility in program understanding Maximize time and resources  Consequences: Minimal reimbursement Delays in project approval Diminished credibility Appeals Audits De-obligation of funding

7  Project Accounting  Unsupported Costs  Duplication of Benefits  Excessive Equipment Charges  Unrelated Project Charges  Excessive Labor and Fringe Benefits Charges  Poor Contracting Practices  Unapplied Credits

8  Criteria: Federal regulations (44 CFR 13.20 and 206.205) require each subgrantee to: maintain a system that accounts for FEMA funds on a project-by- project basis. The system must disclose the financial results for all FEMA- funded activities accurately, currently, and completely.  Examples: Collecting or tracking the information well after the incident Notes were maintained by hand

9  Criteria: Federal regulations (OMB Circular A-87 and 44 CFR 13.20) require that costs claimed under federal programs be adequately supported by source documentation such as cancelled checks, payrolls, contracts, etc.  Examples: Invoices do not provide detailed dates that coincided with the storm. Records for vehicle use does not match up with the payroll records. Records for vehicle use cannot be verified with event related calls. Receipts do not have an employees name associated with it.

10  Criteria: Government laws and regulations (Stafford Act and 44 CFR 206.191) prohibit duplication of benefits.  Examples: Insurance claim not submitted for a project covered by insurance. Reimbursement from another source was not disclosed on the Project Worksheet.

11  Criteria: According to OMB Circular A-87, grants must be reduced by credits that offset or reduce expenses allocable to federal awards.  Examples: Jurisdiction received proceeds from the sale of scrap material related to the FEMA project but did not apply them. Jurisdiction received two credit discounts for early payments to a contractor that were not applied.

12  Criteria: Federal regulations (44 CFR 206.228) require that subgrantees use the FEMA schedule of equipment rates or their local rates, whichever are lower.  Example: Claiming the FEMA equipment rate rather than the lesser local rate.

13  Criteria: According to OMB Circular A-87, charges to federal grants must be necessary and reasonable to fulfill the objective of the grant program.  Examples: Unrelated charges were included in a claim. Funding received was not applied to the correct project.

14  Criteria: According to OMB Circular A-87, allowable costs must be consistent with policies, regulations, and procedures that apply uniformly to both federal awards and other activities of the governmental unit. According to 44 CFR 206.228, straight or regular-time salaries and benefits of permanent employees engaged in emergency service work are not eligible for FEMA assistance.  Example: Fringe benefit rates are applied differently to overtime compared to regular time. Regular time is almost always not eligible.

15  Criteria. According to federal regulations (44 CFR 13.36), a subgrantee must comply with specific procurement standards.  Examples: Jurisdiction did not document the basis or method for the contract selection. Jurisdiction entered into a contract which included an overhead and profit allowance of 25% of actual costs.

16  Standard Systems Documentation Checks and Balances Use it everyday  Project Worksheet How to fill them out  How to Think During an Event

17 Documentation is key!

18  Policies should require departments and personnel to: maintain a system that accounts for jurisdiction funds on a project-by-project basis. The system must disclose the financial results for all jurisdiction-funded activities accurately, currently, and completely. Costs being claimed must be adequately supported by source documentation such as cancelled checks, payrolls, contracts, etc.

19  Duplication of Benefits  Excessive Equipment Charges  Excessive Labor and Fringe Benefits  Poor Contracting Practices  Unapplied Credits

20 The more you use it the easier it will be!

21 Basic Project Information Damage Description and Dimensions Scope of Work Special Considerations Cost

22  Describe the damage description and dimensions  Describe the cause of the damage  Describe the pre-disaster condition  Quantify the disaster related damage  Describe how you fixed the damage, scope of work

23  Necessary vs. Unnecessary  Justifiable vs. Unjustifiable  Normal Policies/Process vs. Not Normal

24  Next steps: Review systems Adjust/Develop systems Establish/adjust processes and policies Train staff

25  Common Challenges Can be Navigated  Documentation, Documentation, Documentation!  University Recovery Program  Questions?


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