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The mission of the Defense Production Act (DPA) Program Division of the Office of Policy and Program Analysis is to provide guidance and support for use of DPA authorities by FEMA, other Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Components, and other Federal agencies.  The DPA is the primary source of Presidential authorities to expedite and expand the supply of critical resources from the U.S. industrial base to support the national defense and homeland security.  DPA authorities can be used to support programs involving emergency preparedness, response, and recovery, critical infrastructure protection and restoration, and counter-terrorism, as well as military, space, and energy programs. See DPA Guidance and Publications for more information about the DPA and DPA programs.


The DPA Program is responsible for implementing FEMA's DPA responsibilities, which include:

  • Advising the President on issues of national security resource preparedness and on the use of DPA authorities;

  • Providing for the central coordination of DPA plans and programs by Federal departments and agencies;

  • Providing DPA guidance and procedures under the DPA for FEMA, other DHS Components, and other Federal departments and agencies;

  • Determining which programs involving emergency preparedness, critical infrastructure protection and restoration, and other homeland security activities are eligible to be supported using DPA priorities and allocations authorities;

  • Authorizing and supporting use of DPA authorities by DHS Components; and

  • Reporting periodically to the President concerning DPA program activities.



FEMA has issued an updated Directive 211-1, Defense Priorities and Allocations System (DPAS) and an updated Manual 211-1-1, Defense Priorities and Allocations System (DPAS).  DPAS, which is administered by the Department of Commerce (DOC), governs use of DPA priorities and allocations authority for most materials, services, and facilities available from the U.S. industrial base.  FEMA has been delegated authority to place DPAS priority ratings in contracts and orders supporting most FEMA missions to ensure timely delivery of critical resources.  (More information about DPAS.)


Contact Us

If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact us at:


DPA Supporting Partners

Department of Commerce DPAS

Department of Defense DPAS

Department of Defense DPA Title III

Defense Contract Management Agency DPAS Guidebook

U.S. Air Force Defense Priorities and Allocations System

Last Updated: 
07/24/2014 - 16:00
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