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H.R. 1117: To require the Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency to submit a report regarding certain plans regarding assistance to applicants and grantees during the response to an emergency or disaster.

H.R. 1117 directs the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to foster more open communications between disaster response operations and affected communities after an emergency or disaster by providing more transparency, increased consistency, and better assistance during the recovery phase after a disaster or emergency. Specifically, the bills requires FEMA to report to Congress regarding its plans to provide consistent guidance to applicants on FEMA disaster funding procedures during the response to an emergency or disaster, appropriate record maintenance and transfer of documents to new teams during staff transitions, and accurate assistance to applicants and grantees to ease the administrative burden throughout the process of obtaining and monitoring assistance. The legislation requires such a report to include a plan for implementing operating procedures and document retention requirements and identify new technologies to aid the disaster workforce in partnering with state, local, and tribal governments and private non-profits in the wake of a disaster or emergency.

Last updated Mar 18, 2017. Source: Republican Policy Committee

The summary below was written by the Congressional Research Service, which is a nonpartisan division of the Library of Congress, and was published on Oct 19, 2017.


(This measure has not been amended since it was reported to the House on March 9, 2017. The summary of that version is repeated here.)

(Sec. 1) This bill directs the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to report to Congress regarding its plans to provide: (1) consistent guidance to applicants on FEMA disaster funding procedures during the response to an emergency or disaster, (2) appropriate record maintenance and transfer of documents to new teams during staff transitions, and (3) accurate assistance to applicants and grantees to ease the administrative burden throughout the process of obtaining and monitoring assistance.

The report must: (1) include a plan for implementing operating procedures and document retention requirements to ensure the maintenance of appropriate records throughout the life cycle of the emergency or disaster; and (2) identify new technologies to aid the disaster workforce in partnering with state, local, and tribal governments and private nonprofits in the wake of a disaster or emergency to educate, assist, and inform applicants on the status of their applications and projects.