INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- State and federal disaster recovery officials want to remind all Public Assistance applicants that the FEMA Public Assistance (PA) Pilot Program will end on New Year's Eve, December 31.
This program temporarily waived certain regulations and allowed state and local governments to seek extra reimbursement for debris removal following a disaster. Applicants would include state and local governments and certain private nonprofits who incurred debris removal costs following a disaster.
The PA Pilot Program, started in 2007, allows eligible Public Assistance applicants (state and local governments and certain private nonprofits) to seek reimbursement for both overtime and non-overtime labor costs related to the removal of disaster debris. After December 31, standard Public Assistance regulations and policies will again be in affect and applicants will no longer be eligible to get compensated for non-overtime costs in removing disaster related debris.
Applicants are strongly urged to get the necessary information to FEMA as soon as possible. The Public Assistance process takes time and this money has to be obligated by December 31.
Obligating funds is the process by which FEMA makes federal funds for a specific project available to the State for applicant reimbursement. This can only occur once the necessary information has been received and approved. By law, any applications that have not had funds obligated before the deadline will not be under the Pilot Program's reimbursement guidelines.
Indiana applicants with questions regarding this program should contact FEMA Public Assistance at 317-570-3000.
FEMA coordinates the federal government's role in preparing for, preventing, mitigating the effects of, responding to, and recovering from all domestic disasters, whether natural or man-made, including acts of terror. ???????