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Utilizing Government Contracts For Disaster Relief and Hazard Mitigation 2017 Update

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Produced on July 11, 2017

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Course Information

Time 1h 1m
Difficulty Intermediate

Course Description

When domestic disasters occur, the federal government can provide emergency relief and assistance to state and local governments to save lives, protect property, public health and safety, and even to avert damage in the event of future disasters. Such relief can take the form of direct aid from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, or other federal agencies, or disaster relief grants and subgrants to state and local governments, which can then award contracts to private entities in order to further the purpose of the grant. Federal disaster relief has obvious benefits for affected communities, but relief recipients are subject to audits and investigations for potential fraud, waste and abuse. Indeed, federal scrutiny of grant expenditures has intensified after Congress authorized billions of dollars in disaster relief to aid in the recovery from Hurricane Katrina and Super Storm Sandy and the Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General (DHS OIG) has become more proactive in conducting audits.

In this course, attorneys Raymond Monroe and Stephen Ramaley address the laws and regulations applicable to the expenditure of grant funding, paying particular attention to the use of grant-funded contracts as a means to accomplish grant objectives. This course draws on their experiences, as well as lessons learned from DHS OIG audit reports, to outline best practices and strategies for achieving grant objectives within the confines of the numerous and shifting regulatory regimes.

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Understand how federal funds flow to the States, and ultimately to contractors, for disaster relief
  2. Identify compliance controls regulations imposed on grant funds expenditures through the Stafford Act and its implementing regulations, as well as other select funding authorization mechanisms
  3. Recognize the compliance controls and regulations that apply
  4. Appreciate the potential consequences for failing to comply with these controls and regulatory requirements, including False Claims/Statements liability, audit findings, funding revocation or non-reimbursement, or even criminal sanctions 

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Raymond F. Monroe

Miles & Stockbridge P.C.

Ray Monroe, a principal at Miles & Stockbridge, has 30+ years of experience representing national and multi-national businesses and quasi-public entities on litigation, ADR, and counseling matters in a broad array of industries from aerospace to utilities relating to public procurement and grants. His experience includes bid protests; claims; compliance programs; corporate governance; cybersecurity; disaster response and hazard mitigation grants; ESPCs; False Claims Act; FCPA; internal and external investigations; mandatory disclosures; public-private partnerships; Public Law 85-804 indemnification; and suspension and debarment.

Ray also counsels clients regarding the implementation of policy and procurement initiatives at the international, federal, state, and local levels. He is involved with cloud computing, disaster response, green technology, High Speed Rail, infrastructure improvement, and renewable energy initiatives. In addition, he assists both private and public clients in designing procurement policies and procedures and alternative dispute resolution (ADR) mechanisms; he represents clients in ADR proceedings; and he has participated in arbitrations as a party arbitrator.

Before joining Miles & Stockbridge, Ray was a Partner in the Government Contracts Group of Crowell & Moring. Ray received his law degree from Duke University School of Law in 1980, with distinction, where he served as Executive Editor of the Duke Law Journal. Ray received his undergraduate degree from Hobart College in 1977, Phi Beta Kappa, where he majored in physics and history. Following law school graduation, Ray clerked for Justice Stewart G. Pollock of the New Jersey Supreme Court. Ray is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia and New Jersey.

Stephen P. Ramaley

Miles & Stockbridge P.C.

Steve Ramaley, an associate at Miles & Stockbridge, is a government contracts and grants lawyer. Steve assists public and private entities with government contract and grant compliance; government audits and fraud investigations; small business preference programs, domestic preference rules (BAA/TAA) and export control laws; intellectual property rights and cyber-security; subcontractor and teaming agreements; and other matters relating to domestic and international commerce.

Steve received his JD, magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, from American University Washington College of Law in 2011, where he served as Editor-in-Chief of the International Law Review. Steve was an Echols Scholar as an undergraduate student at the University of Virginia, from which he earned degrees in Government & Foreign Affairs and Middle Eastern Studies.


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Applicable in today's environment for Healthcare lawyers

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Thomas K.

excellent program with high quality written materials

Robert H.

Excellent presentation

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Presenters knowledgeable in their field and conveyed key point well


Excellent, very informative, great coverage of subject material

Victoria L. B.

Very well presented and informative.

Michele K.

This was a very interesting audio after recently living through Hurricane Michael and dealing with FEMA. Thank you

Deborah K.

Particularly interesting in light of Florida's recent disasters and FEMA audits and re-imbursement standards.

Jonathan S.

Well done

Robert M.

Excellent coverage for the Grants arena!!!! Well done.

Nicole F.

Very comprehensive course for an hour.

Thomas P.

Very well presented

Alan L.

Well done

Joseph C.

Enjoyed the instructors

Patrick W.

Great presentation, good materials.

Barbara C.

Timely subject given the country's recent natural disasters, and well done by the presenters.

Amy M.

Very informative

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Joan L.

Very informative and well-presented.

Sandra G.

After Harvey this is very important.

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Baron A.

Very Educational

Kenneth E.

Great speakers!!!!

William U.

The presentation was concise and well presented with the narrative tracking well with the written slides so it was easy to follow.

Otis C.

Very pertinent in the face of so many recent disasters, especially Harvey, that struck my town

Belinda B.

very detailed and informative

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Heather M.

Great presentation! Valuable and timely information.

Stacey M.

very informative in a short time on a complex subject.

Betsy S.

Thorough and handouts will be a good reference tool.

Reinhardt S.

Good SME's

Jose Angel G.

timely topic, thanks

Thomas H.

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Camila K.

again, very timely as we respond to Harvey devastation in Texas

Michael P.

This is a world of disaster relief Texas & Louisiana now need.

Amy J.

Thanks for offering free CLE on a very relevant topic, even for those of us who are not directly affected by the Hurricane. It was a good learning experience.

Hilary N.

It was a good presentation.

Emma H.

Thank you for providing this CLE to TX attorneys in the midst of Harvey.

Richard C.

Wonderful program. And couldn't have come at a more timely moment, given the current disastrous storms in Texas. Thanks to the excellent presenters, and thanks to Lawline for opening this program up to everyone.

Rebecca P.

Thank you for the free CLE in light of Hurricane Harvey!

Richard K.

Excellent course, thank you for providing.

Elliot F.

Good presentation on a complex subject.

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