Utilizing Government Contracts For Disaster Relief and Hazard Mitigation 2017 Update

Production Date: July 11, 2017 Practice Areas: Contract Law and Administrative Law Estimated Length: 3662 minutes

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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 

Daniel O.
Bangor, PA

Great course.

Joan L.
San Diego, CA

Very informative and well-presented.

Sandra G.
Katy, TX

After Harvey this is very important.

erick w.
el paso, TX

good

Baron A.
Albuquerque, NM

Very Educational

Kenneth E.
North Plainfield, NJ

Great speakers!!!!

William U.
Arlington, VA

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

Otis C.
Cleveland, TX

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

Belinda B.
Sugar Land, TX

very detailed and informative

Sara R.
Fort Wayne, IN

Interesting

Heather M.
Grand Prairie, TX

Great presentation! Valuable and timely information.

Stacey M.
Austin, TX

very informative in a short time on a complex subject.

Betsy S.
Franklin, TN

Thorough and handouts will be a good reference tool.

Reinhardt S.

Good SME's

Jose Angel G.
Brownsville, TX

timely topic, thanks

Thomas H.
Lawrence Township, NJ

Extremely helpful, thorough, and timely. I greatly appreciate this CLE.

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Los Angeles, CA

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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.
Glendale, CA

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.
Kerrville, TX

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.
Austin, TN

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

Richard K.
San Antonio, TX

Excellent course, thank you for providing.

Elliot F.
Tucson, AZ

Good presentation on a complex subject.