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FEMA Public Assistance Policy Archives

This page includes archived Public Assistance (PA) policies that have been superseded. Archived policy documents provide the date of publication and the date the policy was superseded. 

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Icon for file of type application/pdfPA Archived 9500 Series Policy Documents 1998-2015

This document consolidates all previously published Public Assistance 9500 Series policy and guidance documents from 1998 through 2015. This includes 9500 series policies, policy and guidance memos, and fact sheets. The majority of these policy and guidance documents have been superseded by the Public Assistance Program and Policy Guide first published on January 1, 2016. Effective dates are provided for each individual document, and each document is watermarked to indicate its status, primarily "Archived" for most documents. This consolidated document replaces all previously published 9500 series documents. The only exception to this is the 9570 Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) which remain in effect and are available at

7.10MJanuary 1, 2017
Icon for file of type application/pdfPA Minimum Standards Policy - ARCHIVED

The purpose of the policy is to establish minimum standards for Public Assistance projects to promote resiliency and achieve risk reduction under the authority of the Stafford Act §§ 323 and 406(e) (42 U.S.C. §§ 5165a and 5172) and 44 CFR § 206, subpart M. This policy was published on September 30, 2016. It was superseded by Version 2 of the Public Assistance Program and Policy Guide published on April 1, 2017.

0.77MSeptember 30, 2016
Icon for file of type application/pdfImplementing Section 20601 of the 2018 Bipartisan Budget Act (V1) - ARCHIVED

Version 1 of the BBA Policy was published on September 14, 2018. It has been superseded by Version 2 published on September 11, 2019. Version 2 of the BBA Policy is located on the FEMA Public Assistance 2017 Disaster-Specific Guidance page (

Section 20601 of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 (BBA) authorizes FEMA to “provide assistance, pursuant to Section 428 of the Stafford Act… for critical services as defined in Section 406.” This authority allows FEMA to provide assistance to restore disaster-damaged facilities or systems that provide the specifically identified critical services to an industry standard without regard to pre-disaster condition. The authority is exclusive to assistance authorized by the major disaster declarations issued to Puerto Rico and the United States Virgin Islands following Hurricanes Irma and Maria.

0.51MSeptember 14, 2018