Other Public Assistance Policies and Guidance

Public Assistance Appeals and Arbitration Policy

On Aug. 16, 2021, FEMA revised the regulations under 44 C.F.R. § 206.206 governing Public Assistance appeals and arbitration procedures. Thereafter, FEMA drafted the Public Assistance Appeals and Arbitration Policy clarifying the requirement and invited the public to comment on the policy in January 2022. The policy mandates that for incidents declared on or after January 1, 2022, applicants and recipients must submit appeals electronically through FEMA’s Grants Portal and clarifies the applicants right to arbitration. The policy clarifies requirements for Public Assistance Appeals and Audits under Stafford Act Section 403 and 44 C.F.R. 206.206.

Public Assistance Policy on Stafford Act Section 705

This policy clarifies FEMA’s requirements under Section 705 of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, and establishes the guidelines to determine whether Section 705 applies, prohibiting FEMA from recovering payments made under the Public Assistance Program.

State-led Public Assistance Guide

FEMA's State-Led Public Assistance Guide provides clear and streamlined guidance on the processes, resources, and capabilities required for Recipients to lead Public Assistance (PA) operations. This guidance outlines the process for Recipients and FEMA to determine if and under what conditions Recipients may elect to perform certain PA disaster grant functions.

Public Assistance Policy on Insurance

This policy guides decision making and interprets statutes and regulations related to insurance requirements under FEMA's Public Assistance program.

Contaminated Debris MOU: FEMA, EPA and USACE

This Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) defines the roles and responsibilities of FEMA, EPA, and USACE engaged in contaminated debris missions, and ensures proper management and coordination through the mission assignment process.

9523.8 Mission Assignments for ESF-10

The attached memorandum is being numbered as part of the FEMA Public Assistance Program 9500 policy series. It states the policy that FEMA and EPA have agreed to in regard to funding Mission Assignments for ESF #10 activities in major disasters and emergencies. It clarifies policy that is currently in place in the form of a policy memorandum.

Last updated February 25, 2022