A number of Counties I’ve talked with have been curious on why regular time forced labor was allowed for Hurricane Sandy debris management operations. The answer is that Congress changed the Stafford Act for Debris Removal Assistance to reduce the administration time and expense for Public Assistance grants.
After Hurricane Sandy hit back in November, FEMA issued a revised rule to allow reimbursement for the straight time (or regular time) salaries of local government employees who perform debris management duties for Hurricane Sandy. Up until this ruling, only overtime was reimbursable.
The good news for local governments is that the Sandy Recovery Improvement Act of 2013, which became law last January, changed the Stafford Act to make this rule permanent for all disasters. It also added other debris-removal-related authorities for FEMA under an “Alternative Procedure for Debris Removal Assistance” including: Continue Reading