Summary: The City of Charlotte provided shelter for Hurricane Katrina evacuees from September 3, 2005 to September 17, 2005, at the Charlotte Coliseum. The Charlotte Fire Department assisted in the sheltering operation and requested reimbursement of $28,182 in overtime costs for its exempt employees pursuant to Information Bulletin 108.01. FEMA staff reviewed the bulletin and determined that it did not apply to the sheltering operation and denied the request. FEMA policy requires that in order for overtime costs to be eligible for reimbursement, they must be paid in accordance with a pre-disaster policy that was consistently applied in non-disaster situations. The Regional Director sustained this decision on first appeal.
Issues: Are overtime costs for exempt employees eligible?