Disaster Relief Contracting: Local, State, and Federal Government
In this GovSchool session we will walk through the various local, state, and federal government agencies seeking contractors to provide emergency services during disasters. We will focus on the immediate needs created by Hurricane Dorian.
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Why Information is Key
What Opportunity Exists?
Federal Market - $4.11 trillion (2018)
State and Local Market – approaching $3.5 trillion in 2019
The System for Award Management (SAM) is an official website of the U.S. government. There is no cost to use SAM. You can use this site for FREE to:
Register to do business with the U.S. government
Update or renew your entity registration
Check status of an entity registration
Search for entity registration and exclusion records
USA Spending (see what others won)
Regarding procurement activities during disasters, FEMA and all other federal agencies adhere to the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) Part 18 – Emergency Acquisitions, FAR Subpart 26.2 – Disaster or Emergency Assistance Activities and the Robert T. Stafford Act, Section 307. Vendors seeking to do business with FEMA or other federal agencies during disasters should familiarize themselves with the FAR Parts and the Robert T. Stafford Act section mentioned above.
Acquisition flexibilities used during disasters are specific techniques or procedures that may be used to streamline the standard acquisition process. Additional flexibilities may be authorized in an executive agency supplement to the FAR. Acquisition flexibilities include:
Applying FAR Part 18
Utilizing local sources
Utilizing disaster support tools
Utilizing Government Wide Area Contracts, GSA Schedules, Strategic Sourcing Contracts, Multi-Agency Blanket Purchase Agreements, Multi-Agency Indefinite Delivery Contracts, etc.
There are three (3) phases of disaster contracting that take place, Response (1-30 days), Recovery (30+days) and Long Term Recovery (beyond 90 days).
The Response phase can include activities to meet basic human needs such as Joint Field Office setup, Search and Rescue support, Individual Assistance support and Public Assistance support.
The Recovery phase includes efforts to return communities back to self-sufficiency such as Housing and Medical support.
Long-Term Recovery is established when the needs of the community and individuals extend beyond the initial 30 to 90 days.
Vendors should contact the state’s Emergency Management Office where the disaster has been declared when seeking to do business with FEMA and other Federal agencies during a disaster.
The state’s Emergency Management Office will be actively engaged with first responders, FEMA Regional Offices located near the disaster, and other federal agencies that have been rallied to respond to the emergency.Often, the state’s Emergency Management Office will have valuable information on its website for vendors who want to provide goods or services to the areas affected by the disaster. Other points of contact for potential resource disaster partners include:
Army Corps of Engineers
American Red Cross
Defense Logistics Agency
Faith Based Information
State Emergency Management Agencies
Government contractors should register with the largest agencies in the regions they would like to win disaster recovery projects. While some project contracts such as debris removal, stabilization, and logistics may be issued very quickly or go to existing pre-approved contractors, other contracts such as building repair, furniture replacement, technology installations will generally be procured via a more standard process requiring public input. Local governments are likely to advance planned capital improvement projects and seek to maximize any state or federal matching dollars.
Register in the NC E-Procurement system at http://eprocurement.nc.gov to be eligible for state contracts and to receive electronic requests for quotes for informal contract opportunities.
Register in the NC Vendor Link system at https://www.ips.state.nc.us/vendor/vendorPubMain.aspx to be listed in the State vendor directory and to receive email notification of new formal contract opportunities.
Read about State Emergency Management programs and procedures at www.ncdps.gov/Our-Organization/Emergency-Management.
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