PA ID# 047-29700-00; City of Gulfport
PW ID# Project Worksheets 3911, 7827, 9510 and 10220; Force Account Labor Overtime
Citation: FEMA-1604-DR-MS, City of Gulfport, Force Account Labor Overtime, Project Worksheets 3911, 7827, 9510, and 10220
Summary: Two days after Hurricane Katrina made landfall, the City of Gulfport (Applicant) authorized overtime at the rate of two times the normal pay for the Applicants employees to perform emergency protective measures. FEMAs Response and Recovery Policy 9525.7, Labor CostEmergency Work, permits funding if an applicants eligible costs for straight and overtime according to the Applicants written policies in effect prior to the disaster. Accordingly, following the Applicants Personnel Policy and Procedures Manual dated April 20, 2004, Section 110, page 7, FEMA approved overtime for force account labor at a rate of one and one-half times the normal pay (totaling $1,357,236.84). FEMA denied the additional overtime (totaling $727,427). Issues: Are overtime policies implemented after the event eligible for FEMA funding? Findings: No.
Rationale: Response and Recovery Policy 9525.7, Labor CostsEmergency Work,
dated July 20, 2000.