Public Assistance Resource Library

The Public Assistance Resource Library contains general program and disaster-specific guidance that focuses on restoring public infrastructure for communities affected by major disasters or emergencies.

You can search for a document by its title, or filter the collection to browse by:

  • Topic: Cost Evaluations, private nonprofits, emergency protective measures, etc.
  • Document Type: Fact sheet, policy, infographic, etc.
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PA Assessment Recommendations and Implementation Summary

PA Assessment Key Findings
• The PA National Delivery Model has increased transparency and accuracy in the execution of
the PA Program.
• The obligation of over $50 billion in almost three years in response to COVID-19 compared to
an average of $5-8 billion per year outside of COVID-19 events may not be possible without the
PA National Delivery Model.
PA Assessment Recommendations
• Build more flexibility into the delivery of the PA Program through re-evaluating existing
Consolidated Resource Center operating procedures and increase FEMA staff deployments to
partner with stakeholders.
• Institute an approach for the PA Program to identify and elevate risk discrepancies for
resolution and adjust the current policy development and publication process to reduce
confusion for internal and external stakeholders.

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Public Assistance Simplified Procedures Policy

This policy streamlines application procedure for Small Project funding under the PA program to simplify implementation of the PA program and support rapid recovery for Applicants. The use of simplified procedures, such as submitting self-certified estimates and summary reports, may allow applicants to receive funding early and promotes rapid recovery of the affected community. This policy defines FEMA’s simplified procedures and requirements for Small Projects funded under the PA program.

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COVID-19 Legal Responsibility for Eligible Work

The purpose of this memorandum is to address FEMA’s allowance of retroactive agreements under the Public Assistance (PA) Program when necessary to carry out eligible Emergency Protective Measures (EPMs), specifically for COVID-19 nationwide emergency and major disaster declarations. This memorandum applies to all major disaster and emergency declarations for the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Public Assistance: Private Nonprofit Eligibility Factsheet

This fact sheet provides guidance for determining the eligibility of PNP applicants, including Houses of Worship (HOWs), and work performed in accordance with emergency and major disaster declarations.

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COVID-19 Patient Care Revenue Duplication of Benefits

This guidance is intended to assist Recipients and Subrecipients who are also billing for medical services which are paid partially or fully by FEMA Assistance with identifying duplications and taking a project reduction. If you have questions on the document or the process, please email them to

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Public Assistance Sampling Procedure

This document intends to provide FEMA staff uniform guidance on selecting representative samples when determining programmatic eligibility and proper accounting of costs for Public Assistance (PA) projects. It outlines appropriate sample sizes, procedures for what do when issues or deviations are found in a sample and provides a standard method for documenting the sample for potential future reviews. It is meant to be flexible for all instances where sampling is appropriate. Applicants may be subject to audits by their Recipient, the DHS Office of Inspector General, the Government Accountability Office, the Comptroller General of the United States, or as part of a Single Audit

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Public Housing Agency: Applying for FEMA Public Assistance Factsheet

This fact sheet outlines the process Public Housing Agency (PHA) Applicants should follow to apply for FEMA’s Public Assistance (PA) program. PHAs applying for PA should coordinate closely with their state, local, tribal, or territorial officials.

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Public Assistance Program Delivery Guide Operational Draft

The Public Assistance Program Delivery Guide 89 (Operational Draft) describes how the Federal 90 Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) 91 implements the Public Assistance (PA) Program. 92 The guide builds on the principles in the Incident 93 Management and Support Keystone (IMSK) and 94 the Recovery Operations Support Manual 95 (ROSM), and this guide establishes the 96 framework for Applicant-driven, state-led, and 97 federally supported delivery of PA. The PA 98 Program Delivery Guide defines objectives and 99 indicators of successful program delivery, along 100 with Applicant, Recipient, and FEMA roles and 101 responsibilities. This guide is an operational 102 draft and describes the program as it is 103 intended to be delivered. In some cases, current 104 roles or organizational structures may vary from the framework in this guide.

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Public Assistance Program Delivery Guide Executive Summary

Public Assistance Program Delivery Guide Executive Summary
The Public Assistance Program Delivery Guide operational draft describes how the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) implements the Public Assistance (PA) Program. Building on the principles in the Incident Management and Support Keystone (IMSK) and the Recovery Operations Support Manual (ROSM), this guide establishes the framework for Applicant-driven, state-led, and federally supported delivery of PA.

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Test-to-Treat Initiative Fact Sheet

The Test-to-Treat initiative, released as part of the White House updated National COVID-19 Preparedness Plan, makes it easier for people at high risk of severe disease to access COVID-19 oral antiviral treatments quickly. It also addresses the FEMA Public Assistance role in continuing to support in the fight against COVID-19 by offering funding through the Public Assistance Program with guidance regarding eligible work and costs for state, local, tribal nation, and territorial (SLTT) government entities related to establishing and operating Test-to-Treat sites.