PA ID# 087-UHCPQ-00; St. Bernard Parish Sheriffs Department
DSR ID# Project Worksheet 16989; Force Account Labor and Equipment Costs
Citation: FEMA-1603-DR-LA, St. Bernard Parish Sheriffs Department, Force Account Labor and Equipment Costs, PW 16989 Cross-reference:Labor Costs and Equipment Rates, Overtime
Summary: After Hurricane Katrina, the Applicant lost 50 percent of its labor force. St. Bernards population was 78 percent less than its pre-Katrina level. However, the Applicant reported that the crime rate only decreased 40 percent from its pre-disaster level. The staff worked significantly more overtime due to the reduction in force. The Applicant also hired temporary labor. The Applicant states that the reduced workforce, a rise in crime, and reduced tax base resulted in extraordinary labor and equipment costs. The Applicant requested $4,137,582 in funding for the period of August 2006 to December 2006. FEMA obligated $720,621. The Applicant is appealing the remaining amount of $3,406,961.
The Region denied the Applicants claim because the Region determined that the Applicant incurred the labor and equipment costs while performing normal duties, not emergency protective measures as required by Section 403 of the
Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act.
The Applicant submitted a second appeal on June 24, 2008. On January 6, 2009, the Applicant met with the Director of the Public Assistance Division in Washington, D.C. The Applicant described the conditions in the Parish and submitted additional documentation to support its appeal. Issues: Will FEMA provide funding for labor and equipment costs unrelated to emergency protective measures as required by Section 403 of the Stafford Act?
Rationale: Section 403 of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act