IAEM-USA Government Affairs Committee

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Committee Chair:
Doug Bryson, CEM

Committee Vice Chair:
Brad Gilbert, CEM

Board Liaison:
Nick Crossley, CEM, USApastpresident@iaem.com

Government Affairs Director & Staff Liaison:
Thad Huguley, thad@iaem.com

Purpose Statement | Documents & Links | News | IAEM-USA Government Affairs Update

IAEM members interested in participating in this committee should email the committee leadership and tell them how you can contribute to or learn from this committee’s important work. IAEM members may easily retrieve the committee leadership email addresses by downloading the complete list.

Purpose Statement

Monitor proposed legislation at the federal, state and/or local level which may impact emergency management activities or the goals of the association, or may set a precedent for the future legal implications.

U.S. Government Affairs Documents & Links

U.S. Government Affairs News

  • IAEM-USA Provides Testimony for Congressional Hearing on Disaster Preparedness (22 May 2019) IAEM-USA Past President Nick Crossley, CEM, CPM, director, Emergency Management and Homeland Security, Hamilton, County, Ohio, provided a written statement and delivered oral testimony before the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure’s Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management, U.S. House of Representatives, on May 22, 2019, in Washington, D.C. The subcommittee was holding a hearing on “Disaster Preparedness: DRAA Implementation and FEMA Readiness.”

  • USGS Briefing on ED Elevation Program (06 May 2019) On May 1, Kevin Gallagher with the U.S. Geological Survey conducted a briefing on the status and future of the 3D Elevation Program (3DEP) to the 3DEP Coalition and Flood Map Coalition. The presentation slides can be viewed here.
  • DHS Announces Release of FY 2019 Notice of Funding Opportunities (16 Apr 2019) The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has announced the release of FY 2019 Notice of Funding Opportunities for eight DHS preparedness grant programs totaling more than $1.7 billion. On Apr. 17, the DHS Office of Partnership and Engagement and the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Grants Programs Directorate will host a conference call with State Administrative Agency Partners to discuss the grant program rollout. The conference call is set for Wednesday, Apr. 17, 2019, at 2:00 p.m. EDT. The call-in number is 877-414-2195, or use the Adobe Connect Link. The presentation slide deck can be downloaded here. DHS asks that you start dialing in 15 minutes before the start of the call; identify yourself, title, and the agency you are representing to the operator when you call in. The grant programs provide funding to state, local, tribal, and territorial governments, as well as transportation authorities, nonprofit organizations, and the private sector, to improve the nation’s readiness in preventing, protecting against, responding to, recovering from and mitigating terrorist attacks, major disasters and other emergencies. Questions should be directed to (202) 646-3444 or at FEMA-IGA@fema.dhs.gov.
  • IAEM-USA UCC Urges Support of Funding Request for National Center for Campus Public Safety (29 Mar 2019) The International Association of Emergency Managers USA Council (IAEM-USA) – University and College Caucus (IAEM-UCC) urges the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies to include the $2 million funding request proposed by Representative Bobby Scott for the National Center for Campus Public Safety (NCCPS). The IAEM-UCC is comprised of more than 300 members who serve more than 150 institutions of higher education and more than 3.5 million students. Our members are found in 41 U.S. states and 2 Canadian provinces. Download letter.
  • IAEM Signs onto Letter to House and Senate Leadership in Support of Senate Action on the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act (22 Mar 2019) IAEM, along with 70 other stakeholder organizations - representing public health, healthcare providers, emergency managers, environmental health, biotechnology innovators, and researchers - signed and sent a letter to House and Senate leadership urging Senate action on the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness & Advancing Innovation Act (PAHPAL, H.R. 269). The Bill overwhelmingly passed the House of Representatives in January, but the path forward in the Senate is unclear. IAEM's Healthcare Caucus supports H.R. 269, and the Government Affairs Committee is advocating for the legislation on Capitol Hill.
  • IAEM and NEMA Release 2019 Report on Return on Investment of EMPG (20 Mar 2019) Each year, IAEM and NEMA work together to report on the return on investment of the Emergency Management Performance Grants (part of FEMA’s suite of grants). The 2019 edition, released Mar. 20, 2019, represents input from 46 states, two territories, and 1,042 local emergency management agencies. One of the key data points in this report each year is the fact that state and local emergency managers respond to thousands of events which never reach the level of a Federal disaster declaration.  In 2019, there were 23,331 such events.  The report also provides data on planning, training, and exercise efforts, public outreach campaigns, communications systems, and maintaining thousands of mutual aid agreements. Please direct questions to Thad Huguley, IAEM-USA Government Affairs director, at thad@iaem.comDownload the report here.
  • IAEM-USA Signs onto Letter from Stakeholders to Support Increased Investment in NOAA in FY2020 (15 Nov 2018) IAEM-USA and a group of stakeholders on Nov. 13 sent a letter to Wilbur L. Ross, Jr., secretary, Department of Commerce; Mick Mulvaney, director, Office of Management and Budget; and Michael J. Kratsios, Deputy U.S. chief technology officer, urging increased investment in the National Oceania and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in Fiscal Year 2010. The letter stated that the science, technology and stewardship provided by NOAA is essential for U.S. health, security and economic prosperity. For example, NOAA provides weather and drought forecasts that farmers use to plan crops, sea state conditions to bring super tankers safely into port, water quality information to detect harmful algae blooms that threaten public health and much more. The federal NOAA investment is part of a broader government effort to provide essential, high-quality data and observations, along with a better understanding of the underlying science which are necessary to many planning, strategy, and investment decisions in both the private and public sectors, including national security. The letter makes the case that increased investment in NOAA will provide a significant return to the U.S. economy. Read the stakeholder letter online.
  • Emergency Managers Urge Congress to Pass Disaster Reforms
    IAEM Press Release, Sept. 25, 2018
  • IAEM Urges FCC to Allow Use of Multimedia in Wireless Alerts (29 May 2018) IAEM, in coordination with Big City Emergency Managers and the National Emergency Management Association, sent a letter on May 29 to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), urging the FCC to allow the inclusion of multimedia in wireless alerts, a long over-due and desperately needed update to the WEA system. Download letter.

IAEM-USA member, Mary Jo Flynn, met May 29, 2018, on Capitol Hill with staff from the Senate
Commerce Committee to discuss the use and operation of autonomous vehicles during a mass
evacuation, an issue of interest to IAEM-USA's Emerging Technology Caucus.

  • IAEM, NEMA, and NACO Submit a Joint Statement for the Record to the Senate Homeland Security Committee (17 Apr 2018) In conjunction with their hearing last week entitled “FEMA: Prioritizing a Culture of Preparedness,” the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee individually asked the National Association of Counties (NACo), the National Emergency Management Association (NEMA), and IAEM to submit a statement for the record. To demonstrate a united front to Capitol Hill, all three organizations opted to submit a joint statement to the Committee. Download the joint statement here.
  • IAEM-USA and NEMA Release 7th Annual Report on "Emergency Management Performance Grants: Providing Returns on a Nation’s Investment" (06 Mar 2018) Without a robust emergency management system, the responses to many disasters would falter or require federal support. Capabilities afforded through Emergency Management Performance Grants (EMPG) allow these events to be managed without additional federal expenditures. As demonstrated in this report, local, tribal, and state governments managed 57,673 events without federal assistance in Fiscal Year 2017. While disasters remain unpredictable, and no investment can completely eliminate risk, supporting the development of nationwide capabilities continues minimizing disaster effects. This report represents a mere glimpse into how EMPG impacts the disaster preparedness and response landscape. However, there is so much more happening across the country that cannot be expressed on paper. EMPG stands as a beacon of Congressional support, and both IAEM-USA and NEMA remain appreciative of the support. We hope such support continues as emergency managers put these funds to good use and work tirelessly to demonstrate the return on the nation’s investment.

  • FEMA Seeks Public Feedback by Feb. 5 for an Update of NIMS Implementation Objectives (16 Jan 2018) FEMA’s National Integration Center is seeking public feedback for an update of the state, local, tribal, and territorial (SLTT) National Incident Management System (NIMS) Implementation Objectives for SLTT organizations and jurisdictions. The national engagement period opened on Jan. 16, 2018, and will conclude on Feb. 5, 2018, at 5:00 p.m. EDT. National engagement provides an opportunity for interested parties to comment on the draft implementation objectives, to ensure that they are relevant for all implementing partners. FEMA most recently revised the NIMS Implementation Objectives in 2009 and is now updating them to ensure they are consistent with the Third Edition of NIMS, to incorporate stakeholder input, and to make them a more useful tool for organizations as they implement NIMS. FEMA will host three webinars to discuss the proposed SLTT NIMS Implementation Objectives and answer related questions. For more information on the webinars and to review the draft objectives, visit the FEMA website. To provide comments on the draft, complete the feedback form and submit it to FEMA-NIMS@fema.dhs.gov.

FEMA will host a series of webinars to discuss the proposed SLTT NIMS Implementation Objectives and answer related objectives (Federal departments and agencies use a separate set of Implementation Objectives). Advance registration for the webinars is required due to space limitations. Registration is on a first come, first served basis. To register, click on your preferred webinar session from the list below:

Webinar 1: Thursday, January 18, 2:00 pm EDT
Webinar 2: Monday, January 22, 5:00 pm EDT
Webinar 3: Tuesday, January 23, 12:00 pm EDT
For more information on the webinars, visit the FEMA website.

  • IAEM-USA and Other National Public Safety Organizations Call for Improvements in the Wireless Emergency Alert System (05 Jan 2018) IAEM-USA, along with NEMA, Big City Emergency Managers, US Conference of Mayors, and the National Emergency Number Association sent a letter to the FCC today urging expeditious implementation of much-needed improvements to the Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) system. Download letter.

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