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2017 Disaster Contracting: Actions Needed to Improve the Use of Post-Disaster Contracts to Support Response and Recovery

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[Technical Report, Congressional Report]

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United States Government Accountability Office

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Federal contracts play a key role in timely response and recovery efforts following disasters. While federal agencies, such as FEMA and USACE, may have advance contracts in place for obtaining goods and services following disasters, agencies may also award post-disaster contracts. GAO was asked to review the federal governments response to three major hurricanes in 2017, as well as the 2017 California wildfires. This report addresses, among other objectives, the extent to which 1 federal agencies obligated funds on post-disaster contracts in response to the these events, and 2 selected agencies experienced challenges in the planning of selected contracts. GAO analyzed data from the Federal Procurement Data System-Next Generation selected a nongeneralizable sample of 23 post-disaster contracts based on factors such as if the contract was set aside for award to a local contractor reviewed federal regulations and agency guidance and interviewed agency officials.

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  • Administration and Management
  • Government and Political Science

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[A, Approved For Public Release]