Resource Library: Purchasing Under a FEMA Award

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Procurement Regulations

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Procurement Regulations

When purchasing under a FEMA award, recipients and subrecipients must follow the federal procurement rules found in 2 C.F.R. Part 200. The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) updated the regulations on Nov. 12, 2020. To learn more about these revisions, see the OMB Revisions Fact Sheet.

Based on when your disaster was declared or FEMA award made, see below for the rule that applies.

For awards made or disasters declared before Nov. 12, 2020, see the applicable procurement rules.

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For awards made or disasters declared on or after Nov. 12, 2020, see the applicable procurement rules.

General Procurement Resources

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PDAT Field Manual

This in-depth resource lists, describes, and exemplifies the mandatory requirements for recipients and subrecipients when purchasing under a FEMA award. This manual supersedes the 2014, 2016, and 2019 versions of the Field Manual.

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Contract Provisions Guide

This contract provisions guide helps recipients and subrecipients understand which clauses are required for their contracts and includes sample language for those clauses. The guide is also available in Spanish. This guide supersedes the 2019 version of the contract provisions template, which is also available in Spanish.

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Top 10 Mistakes when Purchasing Under a FEMA Award

This infographic identifies the most common procurement mistakes and this fact sheet further details how to avoid them.

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Informal Methods of Procurement by Non-State Entities Fact Sheet

This fact sheet provides key information for non-state entities purchasing goods and services under $250,000. It also provides checklists to help comply with micro-purchase and small purchase requirements.

Procurement Resources by Topic

State Entities

Purchasing Under a FEMA Award: State EntitiesThis fact sheet provides information on the federal procurement rules applicable to state entities when purchasing under FEMA awards and disaster declarations issued on or after November 12, 2020. This fact sheet is also available in Spanish.
State Entity Federal Procurement Under Grant Requirements: FAQsThis document addresses frequently asked questions to assist state Public Assistance applicants in identifying and applying the federal procurement under grants rules.

This guidance is applicable to state entities purchasing under FEMA awards and disaster declarations issued before Nov. 12, 2020.
Procurement of Recovered MaterialsThis website provides guidance on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Comprehensive Procurement Guidelines Program.


Emergency & Exigent Circumstances Fact SheetThis fact sheet provides key information to consider when utilizing contracted resources under exigent or emergency circumstances and is also available in Spanish.

For disasters declared before November 12, 2020, see the 2020 version of the E&E Fact Sheet.
Prepare Before a Disaster Fact SheetThis fact sheet provides information on contracting actions FEMA award recipients and subrecipients can take before a disaster strikes.
COVID-19 MemoThis memo, issued by FEMA on March 17, 2020, recognizes that emergency or exigent circumstances exists when purchasing in support of COVID-19 relief efforts.
COVID-19 VideoThis video provides guidance on procuring under grants under emergency or exigent circumstances for COVID-19.
Public Assistance Program and Policy Guide (PAPPG)The PA Policy and Program Guide (PAPPG) is a comprehensive, consolidated program and policy document for the Public Assistance Program.
Public Assistance Second Appeals DatabaseThis appeals database is an online, searchable database containing FEMA responses to applicant appeals for assistance, including appeals related to the federal procurement rules.

Socio-Economic Contracting

Purchasing Under a FEMA Award: Socioeconomic ContractingThis fact sheet illustrates guidance for state and non-state entities to follow when taking the six affirmative steps for socioeconomic contracting as detailed at 2 C.F.R. § 200.321.
Utilizing SBA Resources Fact SheetThis fact sheet provides information regarding Small Business Administration (SBA) resources available to non-federal entities to assist in compliance with the applicable socioeconomic contracting rules found at 2 C.F.R. § 200.321.
Dynamic Small Business Search through SBAThe Dynamic Small Business Search Tool through SBA’s website can be used to identify small businesses that can be used as potential sources for procurements.
Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA)The U.S. Department of Commerce, Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) website has tools and resources dedicated to the growth and competitiveness of minority business enterprises.
Department of Labor: Labor Surplus Area ListThe U.S. Department of Labor issues the Labor Surplus Area (LSA) list on a fiscal year basis. This website provides FAQs as well as a current LSA list.

Responsible Contractors & Fraud

Suspension & Debarment FAQsThis brochure covers frequently asked questions related to the suspension and debarment of contractors.
System for Award Management (SAM): Search RecordsThis website is where non-federal entities can search for contractors to ensure they do not appear on the government wide exclusions list for having been suspended or debarred.
Fraud Fact SheetThis fact sheet is intended to inform FEMA award recipients and subrecipients on common findings of procurement fraud, recipient responsibilities, and how fraud and suspicious activities can be reported.
To Report Fraud:The FEMA Fraud and Investigation Division

The DHS OIG Hotline
Complainant Form

FEMA Suspension and Debarment

U.S. Department of Justice, National Center for Disaster Fraud
Complaint Form

Other Resources

Public Assistance Procurement Compliance ChecklistThis checklist is for reviewing procurement under grants by states, local and tribal governments, institutions of higher education, hospitals, and private non-profit organizations.
Purchasing Goods or Services through the GSA Disaster Purchasing ProgramThis fact sheet provides information on additional steps necessary to ensure compliance with the federal rules when using the General Services Administration’s (GSA’s) Disaster Purchasing Program.
Construction Manager at Risk (CMAR) Contracting Fact SheetThis fact sheet provides guidance regarding the general use of CMAR and highlights frequent procurement compliance concerns for non-state entities.
Prohibition on Covered Telecommunications Equipment or ServicesThis FEMA policy provides guidance to FEMA’s recipients and subrecipients and their contractors and subcontractors on prohibitions regarding certain telecommunications and video surveillance equipment and services beginning on or after Aug. 13, 2020.
FEMA’s Office of the Chief Procurement Officer (OCPO)Explore FEMA Advanced Contracts for goods and services awarded in advance of major disaster declarations for recurring disaster response and recovery requirements. These advanced contracts are managed by FEMA’s Office of the Chief Procurement Officer (OCPO).
Last updated August 26, 2022