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Recovery Support Function Leadership Group

The Recovery Support Function Leadership Group (RSFLG) is made up of multiple departments and agencies across the federal government that work together to help communities recover from a disaster. The RSFLG allows federal agencies to coordinate disaster recovery work under the National Disaster Recovery Framework (NDRF) across the six Recovery Support Functions in order to provide communities with unified federal assistance as quickly and effectively as possible.

As part of the RSFLG, the Program Management Office (PMO) tracks disaster funding and outcomes across the federal interagency partners for the largest disasters from 2017 - 2019, including Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Maria, Florence and Michael, and the 2017 and 2018 California wildfires. The PMO provides accountability and transparency, enhances coordination and collaboration, and facilitates outcome driven recovery across the federal government.




RSFLG Responsibilities

The Recovery Support Function Leadership Group (RSFLG) strives to improve the effectiveness and unity of effort of coordinated Federal Recovery responsibilities, as well as to resolve operational, resource, and policy issues related to interagency recovery actions at the national level. This is accomplished through the engagement of interagency leadership in a forum designated for the exchange of relevant information, associated planning and exercises, and decision making.

Composition of the RSFLG

RSFLG representatives include federal department and agency senior officials who can speak authoritatively on behalf of their organizations and represent each NDRF coordinating, primary, and supporting Federal agency or national Non-Profit; Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Headquarters and Regional offices (Regional Administrators and Federal Disaster Recovery Officers); and selected other Federal departments and agencies as designated by the RSFLG Chair.


Membership consists of the coordinating, primary and supporting federal Departments and Agencies (D/A) and national Non-Profit Organizations for each of the six RSFs; other organizations may be designated by the RSFLG Chair. Membership also includes FEMA Regional Administrators and Federal Disaster Recovery Officers (FDRO).

  • American Red Cross
  • Corporation for National & Community Service
  • Council on Environmental Quality
  • Delta Regional Authority
  • Department of Agriculture
  • DOC Economic Development Administration
  • DOC National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • Department of Defense
  • Department of Education
  • Department of Energy
  • Department of Health and Human Services
  • DHS Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Administration
  • DHS Office of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties
  • Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • Department of the Interior
  • Department of Justice
  • Department of Labor
  • Department of State
  • Department of Transportation
  • Department of the Treasury
  • Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • Federal Communications Commission
  • DHS - Federal Emergency Management Agency
  • General Services Administration
  • Heritage Emergency National Task Force
  • Institute of Museum and Library Services
  • Library of Congress
  • National Archives and Records Administration
  • National Endowment for the Arts
  • National Endowment for the Humanities
  • Nuclear Regulatory Commission
  • National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters
  • Office of Management and Budget
  • Small Business Administration
  • Tennessee Valley Authority
  • United States Access Board
  • United States Army Corps of Engineers

Key Accomplishments

The following provides a sample of the endeavors and activities of the RSFLG and its members.

Disaster Funding for 2017 - 2019 Disasters

Since October 2018, Congress has passed two supplemental disaster appropriations (Public Laws 115-254 and 116-20) which together with FEMA DRF and SBA DL funds, are available to help communities recover from Hurricanes Michael, Florence, the 2018 California Wildfires and other large 2018 and 2019 disasters. Below is a time series visualization which shows Total Disaster Funding for these disasters.

See how over $139 billion provided by Congress for disasters that occurred between 2017 and 2019 is being spent.

See 2017-2019 Disaster Spending

State-Level View

Map of U.S. with areas covered by RSFLG funding

Check out the State Profile pages to see the data on where federal funding is helping states and territories recover from disasters.

See State Profiles

Recovery Core Capabilities

Core capabilities are the distinct elements needed to achieve the National Preparedness Goal. The National Disaster Recovery Framework describes each of its eight core capabilities and lists critical tasks for each one. The capabilities, with critical task examples, are listed below.

  • Planning. Convene the core of an inclusive whole community planning team, identified pre-disaster, which will oversee disaster recovery planning process and activities to reduce recovery risk and increase resilience.
  • Public Information and Warning. Manage expectations through clarity, accuracy, and transparency.
  • Operational Coordination. Lead, coordinate, and drive the recovery process.
  • Economic Recovery. Share, aggregate, and integrate economic impact data to assess economic issues and identify potential inhibitors to fostering stabilization of the affected communities.
  • Health and Social Services. Identify affected populations, groups, and key partners in recovery.
  • Housing. Assess preliminary housing impacts and pre- and post-disaster needs, identify available options for temporary housing, and support the local development of the plan for permanent housing.
  • Infrastructure Systems. Facilitate the restoration of and sustain essential services (public and private) to maintain community functionality.
  • Natural and Cultural Resources. Implement measures to protect and stabilize records and culturally significant documents, objects, and structures.


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