Virtual Tribal Consultation to Discuss Build America, Buy America Act

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FEMA will host a virtual tribal consultation with Tribal Nations to discuss FEMA’s implementation of the Build America, Buy America Act (BABAA).

Date: December 8, 2022

Time: 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Virtual

Location:

Meeting ID: 160 452 8055

Passcode: 157626

Join by phone: (669) 254-5252

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Event Details

FEMA will host a virtual tribal consultation to discuss FEMA’s implementation of the Build America, Buy America Act (BABAA). Senior leadership from FEMA’s Grant Programs Directorate (GPD) will lead the consultation. GPD provides grants to prepare state, local, tribal, and territorial governments and first responders, as well as non-profit organizations and port and transit system owners/operators, to measurably improve capability and reduce the risks from manmade and natural disasters.

Event Agenda

Timing Session Speaker/Moderator 
2:30 - 2:35pm Welcome, Introductions & Opening Remarks

Pamela Williams, Assistant Administrator for the Grant Programs Directorate

Moderator: Kelbie Kennedy, National Tribal Affairs Advocate

2:35 - 2:40pm Housekeeping Announcements & Agenda Overview Moderator: Kelbie Kennedy, National Tribal Affairs Advocate
2:40 - 3:55pm

Presentation and Discussion

  • BABAA Requirements
  • Grant Program Applicability
  • Waivers
  • Anticipated Public Interest Waivers

Tribal Leader Comments and Feedback

  • FEMA BABAA Interim Policy
  • BABAA’s effect on Tribal infrastructure projects
  • Tribal sourcing capabilities and technical expertise with infrastructure project components
  • Tribal businesses manufacturing/selling of iron, steel, manufactured products, and/or construction materials that could be used in infrastructure projects

Robert Farmer, Deputy Assistant Administrator for the Office of Enterprise Services, Grant Programs Directorate

 

Moderator: Kelbie Kennedy, National Tribal Affairs Advocate

3:55 - 4:00pm Closing Remarks

Pamela Williams, Assistant Administrator for the Grant Programs Directorate

Moderator: Kelbie Kennedy, National Tribal Affairs Advocate

 

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Event Contact

During the virtual session, FEMA will be prioritizing comments from Tribal Leaders and representatives of Tribal Nations. If there is time remaining, FEMA will invite comments from others in attendance.

Written comments are due Friday, January 9, 2023, and may be submitted to gpd-comms@fema.dhs.gov.

Last updated December 8, 2022