PA ID# 037-91080; City of Los Angeles Department of Public Works
DSR ID# 48606,20516,20000,12222; Structure and Historic Building Demolition and Ghost Town Security
Citation: FEMA 1008-DR, PA 037-91080, City of Los Angeles Department of Public Works, DSRs 48606, 20516, 20000 and 12222, time extensions for demolition and security.
Cross Reference: Debris Removal, Emergency Work, Time Limits, Security
Summary: Following the Northridge earthquake on January 17, 1994, the City of Los Angeles Department of Public Works (DPW) began a Demolition and Debris Removal (D&DR) Program that was scheduled to end on July 17, 1994. The deadline was eventually extended to July 17, 1995. The City submitted several requests for another time extension, which were denied in a series of letters from FEMA prior to the July 17, 1995 deadline. The decision not to extend the deadline was appealed by the City in a letter dated October 17, 1997. FEMA denied the City's first appeal. The City submitted a second appeal for time extensions on August 3, 1998. The second appeal is based on several claims. (1) The City legally incurred costs before the July 17, 1995 work completion deadline, and expected to be reimbursed. (2) Based on verbal guidance from FEMA representatives, the D&DR Program Manager believed that contracts awarded before July 17, 1995 would be eligible for reimbursement, despite completion date. (3) The demolitions were necessary to maintain health and safety of the public, but were slowed by the demolition process and contractor delays. (4) With regard to DSR 20516, review requirements were extensive and lengthy. (5) Security contracts were begun before the July 17, 1995 and completed in a timely manner by contractors.
Is this work, which was contracted before but completed after the work completion deadline, eligible for reimbursement?
Can this work be granted a time extension based on extenuating circumstances or unusual project requirements beyond the control of the subgrantee?
No, with regard to DSR 48606 and DSRs 20000 and 12222. However, in terms of DSR 20516, it appears that these factors do exist.