Disaster response contracts and grants

Do you fully understand the regulatory landscape and requirements?

In the wake of recent natural disasters, including Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria and wildfires in California, the US government is supporting emergency management efforts through contracts and grants for goods and services necessary to stabilize the emergencies. In addition to the immediate emergency spend to restore impacted areas, hazard mitigation funds will be committed to limit the impact of future disasters in affected areas. 

Contractors and grant recipients need to understand the key requirements attached to this funding to avoid potential noncompliance and adverse financial impact. 

What you need to know

Contractors and recipients should have a clear understanding of the requirements for eligibility, reporting, and billing on grants, subgrants, prime contracts and subcontracts under Federal funds awarded for disaster recovery and hazard mitigation.

Contractors and recipients of disaster recovery awards should consider:

  • Do you meet all the requirements for eligibility? 
  • Are your policies, procedures and controls in line with what is necessary for compliance? 
  • What measures do you have in place to mitigate fraud, waste and abuse? 
  • How effective are your business practices for contract and grant management?
  • How are you using analytics, both for internal processes and in external reporting? 
  • In what ways are you making sure your workforce is trained on what they need to know in regards to the regulatory framework, compliance and related requirements? 
  • Do you have the processes and infrastructure in place to rapidly respond to changing conditions and directives while mitigating risk of non being compensated?
  • Do you have processes for developing appropriate modification REA and claims as needed?

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Philip Koos

Partner, PwC US

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