H. R. 3058
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
September 23, 2011
Mr. Long (for himself, Mr. King of New York, Mr. Marino, and Mr. McCaul) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, and in addition to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned
To authorize the Secretary of Homeland Security to permit a class deviation to the Federal Acquisition Regulation to support domestic emergency operations.
This Act may be cited as the
FEMA Flexibility Act of
Department of Homeland Security special emergency procurement authority for domestic emergency operations
Title V of the Homeland Security Act of 2002 is amended by adding at the end the following new section:
Special emergency procurement authority for domestic emergency operations
Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the Secretary is authorized to permit a class deviation to the Federal Acquisition Regulation with respect to the micropurchase threshold and may do so in such official’s sole discretion to support domestic emergency operations.
Delegation of authority
The Secretary may carry out this section by acting through the Under Secretary for Management.
In any class deviation under subsection (a), the micropurchase threshold may not exceed $15,000.
Domestic emergency operation defined
In this section, the term
domestic emergency operation means assistance activities carried
out in support of—
an emergency or major disaster, as those terms are defined in section 102 of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 5122);
any occasion or instance for which the Secretary determines Federal assistance is needed to supplement State and local efforts and capabilities to save lives and to protect property and public health and safety, or to lessen or avert the threat of a catastrophe in any part of the United States; or
any natural catastrophe (including any hurricane, tornado, storm, high water, wind-driven water, tidal wave, tsunami, earthquake, volcanic eruption, landslide, mudslide, snowstorm, or drought), or, regardless of cause, any fire, flood, or explosion, in any part of the United States, that in the determination of the Secretary causes damage of sufficient severity and magnitude to warrant major disaster assistance to supplement the efforts and available resources of States, local governments, and disaster relief organizations in alleviating the damage, loss, hardship, or suffering caused thereby.
The table of contents in section 1(b) of such Act is amended by adding at the end of the items relating to title V the following new item:
Sec. 525. Special emergency procurement authority for domestic emergency operations.