Senate bill aims to override outdated contractual requirements to improve disaster response

The Senate passed a bill it would repeal a provision of a 2006 law that directed the Department of Homeland Security to prohibit the use of subcontracts for more than 65 percent of the cost of certain contracts covering emergency response and recovery work.

The senses. Gary Peters, D-Mich., and Rob Portman, R-Ohio, chairman and ranking member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, introduced the repeal of the outdated DHS Contractual Requirements Act, which aims to reinforce the disaster of the federal government. response efforts by providing greater clarity to the Federal Emergency Management Agency and contractors on subcontracting requirements.

According to the Senate panel, the provision of the Post-Katrina Emergency Management Reform Act of 2006 conflicts with a section of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2009 that was intended to address sub-Saharan Africa. -over-contracting by imposing a government-wide limitation.

The proposed measure “removes conflicting contracting requirements that have confused FEMA officials and contractors, and weakened disaster response efforts for communities recovering from floods, hurricanes, wildfires and extreme storms,” ​​Peters said.

“Now that it has passed the Senate, I urge my colleagues in the House to quickly pass this bipartisan bill so that federal officials and contractors receive consistent guidance on contracting out requirements when responding worsening natural disasters,” he added.

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Norman D. Briggs