FEMA Disaster Grant Obligations Process Webinars

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U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Federal Emergency Management Agency
Intergovernmental Affairs Division
Telephone 202-646-3444
Intergovernmental Affairs Advisory

February 11, 2015

New FEMA Disaster Grant Obligations Process Webinars

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will be implementing a program enhancement to record Public Assistance and Hazard Mitigation Grant Program funds at the project level. This change will add transparency to the drawdown process for both FEMA and the recipient; will provide controls to prevent overdrawing of projects; and will allow FEMA to provide the recipient with reports on a daily, weekly, monthly or quarterly basis by disaster, by project. Additionally, this new process will both simplify and improve the accuracy of the required quarterly reporting process, as well as, enhance both FEMA’s and the recipient’s fiduciary grants management responsibilities. After this change is initiated in the financial management system, grantees will be able to see project by project obligations and disbursements.
A series of ten (10) webinars have been scheduled to provide you with an overview of the system enhancement as well as training on how to use the new interface and draw down project funding. The primary audience for these webinars is State and Tribal Emergency Management and State and Tribal Financial Management Staff.  Each of the ten (10) sessions will be identical so you may join the one that best fits your calendar.
Day
Date
Time
Link
Conference Bridge
Wednesday
February 18, 2015
10:00 am Eastern
1-800-320-4330 x455513
Wednesday
February 18, 2015
2:00 pm Eastern
1-800-320-4330 x455513
Thursday
February 19, 2015
10:00 am Eastern
1-800-320-4330 x455513
Thursday
February 19, 2015
2:00 pm Eastern
1-800-320-4330 x455513
Friday
February 20, 2015
10:00 am Eastern
1-800-320-4330 x455513
Friday
February 20, 2015
2:00 pm Eastern
1-800-320-4330 x455513
Monday
February 23, 2015
10:00 am Eastern
1-800-320-4330 x455513
Monday
February 23, 2015
2:00 pm Eastern
1-800-320-4330 x455513
Tuesday
February 24, 2015
10:00 am Eastern
1-800-320-4330 x455513
Wednesday
February 25, 2015
1:00 pm Eastern
1-800-320-4330 x455513
This program enhancement will apply only to the Public Assistance and Hazard Mitigation Grant Programs.  The change will be effective for disasters occurring after the implementation date and will not be applied retroactively to prior disasters. FEMA currently envisions that this change will occur on March 1, 2015.  If this date should change for any reason, you will be notified.
When the change is implemented, the recipient will be required to request funding on a project by project basis. Funds already in the recipient’s current disaster accounts will remain in a lump sum until they are fully drawn down but new declaration project obligations will begin to display on a project by project basis.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Catherine Hicks in FEMA’s Office of the Chief Financial Officer at Catherine.hicks@dhs.gov.
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