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Watch U.S. House Financial Services hearing on Disaster Recovery Funds at 10 a.m. Tuesday

By on March 25, 2019

The Rayburn House Office Building in Washington, D.C., where the hearing will be held. (Tim Evanson on Visualhunt)

Puerto Rico Housing secretary to testify on federal response to hurricanes Irma, María

SAN JUAN – The U.S. House Committee on Financial Services’ Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations will hold a hearing, titled “The Administration of Disaster Recovery Funds in the Wake of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria,” on Tuesday, March 26, at 10 a.m.

The committee said it will analyze the Reforming Disaster Recovery Act of 2019, which would permanently authorize the Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery (CDBG – DR) program as well as address concerns raised about its administration.

Among other requirements, the discussion draft would mandate that: (1) the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) disburse one-third of CDBG-DR funds within 60 days and the other two-thirds within 180 days of a congressional appropriation; (2) HUD, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and the Small Business Administration (SBA) “work together to better improve data sharing and to reduce duplication of benefits between agencies”; and (3) any CDBG-DR-funded new construction, repair or rehabilitation utilize minimum federal standards for flood risk mitigation and stormwater protection.

Additionally, the discussion draft would allow cities and counties with “well-developed disaster relief resources to become pre-certified to receive funding more quickly.”

The list of those testifying includes Puerto Rico Housing Secretary Fernando Gil Enseñat; Jeremy Kirkland, counsel to the Inspector General, HUD; Daphne Lemelle, executive director, Harris County Community Services Department; and Marion Mollegen-McFadden, senior vice president, Enterprise Community Partners.

Click here for the live webcast of the hearing.

Click here for the Committee Memorandum.


  • H.R.____, “Reforming Disaster Recovery Act of 2019” [DRAFT]


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