Conversations continue in Congress about the level of supplemental appropriations needed for the Super Storm Sandy recovery. Appropriators indicate they are waiting for an official cost estimate from the Administration before moving forward on a supplemental measure, which could move independently or as a part of a broader package, such as a final FY13 appropriations measure.
Several hearings are scheduled on the response to Super Storm Sandy.
The Housing Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure scheduled a hearing, “Response to Hurricane Sandy,” for December 4. The hearing will be held at 10 am in room 2167 of the Rayburn House office building. Witnesses will be Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Craig Fugate; Robert Latham, Jr. of the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency; Kevin Davis of the State of Louisiana Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness; David Popoff, Emergency Management Coordinator for Galveston Country, TX; Fred Tombar, Senior Advisor to the Secretary for Disaster Recovery, HUD and Major General Michael Walsh of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
The Senate Appropriations Homeland Security Subcommittee scheduled a hearing, “Superstorm Sandy and Recovery Efforts,” for December 5. The hearing will be held at 10 am in room 192 of the Senate Dirksen office building. Witness will be Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Craig Fugate and HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan.
HUD issued two notices on November 30 providing regulatory and administrative waivers to assist with recovery and relief in Super Storm Sandy Disaster areas. The two notices, “Regulatory and Administrative Waivers Granted for Public and Indian Housing (PIH) Programs To Assist with Recovery and Relief in Superstorm Sandy Disaster Areas,” and “Regulatory and Administrative Waivers Granted for Multifamily Housing Programs To Assist with Recovery and Relief Disaster Areas,” describe HUD requirements that have been waived for a set period of time in Super Storm Sandy federal disaster areas. According to the PIH notice, program administrations “not located within a federal disaster area but assisting with Super Storm Sandy recovery and relief may request to defer compliance.” The Multifamily notice specifically relates waivers of requirements related to the project-based Section 8 in Super Storm Sandy disaster areas.
The Multifamily notice is available at http://1.usa.gov/U88XR2 (PDF).
The Public and Indian Housing notice is available at http://1.usa.gov/U890wf (PDF).