Funding & Resource Management

Topic 7: Funding & Resource Management

The BRIC program has the potential to be a very large-dollar grant program and is intended to provide funding on an annual basis. What can FEMA do to improve project funding and resource management and ensure BRIC's success?

FEMA seeks your opinions on:

  • The challenges that exist in managing funding and resources, especially in the context of managing large dollar figures for infrastructure grant projects
  • The best way to track funding and resources
  • What administrative impacts you think might result from implementing these projects
(@jaleesa.tate)

Funding & Resource Management

Permit PAS for Non-Disaster Grant Programs

FEMA should allow applicants greater oversight of funding activities. The current oversight regime is overly restrictive through the numerous stipulations requiring applicants to serve as the "middle man" to convey information and arrange reviews between subapplicants and FEMA. Per the FEMA Strategic Plan, the most effective strategies for emergency management are those that are Federally supported, state managed, and... more »

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(@nwoiwode)

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FEMA should allot full six percent of Disaster Relief fund to BRIC

The legislative language gives discretion to FEMA to determine up to six percent of funding. There is clearly a national need for the full six percent of the funding to be invested. Many studies including the most recent National Institute of Building Sciences, Natural Hazard Mitigation Saves, report published in January 2018, documents a $7 risk reduction benefit for every $1 invested on riverine mitigation actions and... more »

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Increased funding and creative financing mechanisms

The American Flood Coalition supports increased funding for pre-disaster mitigation and flood risk reduction infrastructure projects. While funding for the BRIC program is already established through a set-aside of up to 6% of disaster spending transferred from the disaster relief fund, the Coalition would support additional efforts to obtain supplemental funds for pre-disaster mitigation, such as incorporating new funding... more »

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Extend Period of Performance

BRIC should consider making the Period of Performance (POP) five years from date of the opening of the application cycle due to the lengthy wait time for award (18 months - two years). BRIC should also look at streamlining the extension request process and allowing up to two additional years at a time instead of one year per extension request. These infrastructure projects generally take longer to implement due to the... more »

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Baseline data collection should be an eligible activity under Advanced Assistance.

Alaska lacks much of the baseline data (lidar, bathymetry, NOAA authoritative tidal datums, orthorectified aerial imagery, etc.) necessary for the development of risk assessments, mitigation strategies, and mitigation projects. Though baseline data are the foundation of mitigation activities, they are not currently eligible for funding under PDM. It is critical that the BRIC program supports the collection of baseline... more »

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Increase the Alaska State Set-Aside

Under PDM, Alaska's $575,000 state set-aside is not sufficient to meet the need in our communities. We recommend increasing the proportion of total BRIC funding that is allocated to states without decreasing the Tribal set-aside.

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(@warren.welch)

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Make better use of partnering 404 mitigation to 406 mitigation opportunities

Recommend we find a better process for partnering 406 and 404 Mitigation funding to provide a better service for our applicants when PA 406 funding, alone, does not properly fix the damaged facility. I two current problems. 1/ processing of 404 Mitigation applications would delay PA projects with 406 Mitigation Proposals. And 2/, the state and applicant Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plans have different funding priorities.... more »

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(@rick.dembroski)

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Funding Tracking Issues

We need a simplified way to track grant funds that both FEMA and States/Sub Applicants can access at the same time, similar to Grants Manager/Grant Portal. It needs to be more user friendly than E Grants. Right now we have no centralized or standardized way for program managers to stay current with GPD people at the regions.

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(@rseline)

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Public-Private Regional Partnerships for Unleashing Innovation in PDM

Based on risk mitigation models, simulations, and predictive analytics, the "delta" between previous losses to FEMA, global insurance and reinsurance firms, state-county-local government and private enterprise suggests that "unleashing innovation for PDM" can be achieved by new forms of regionally-driven public-private partnerships, alternative financing, and co-investment on pre-vetted, pre-negotiated, and pre-emergency... more »

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