Disaster Recovery: Government Contracting Resources
Recovering from two of the largest Hurricanes on record will require nearly a quarter of a trillion dollars by some estimates. Last week congress passed an initial package of $15 billion that was signed by President Trump on Friday, September 8, 2017. The initial package included $7.4 billion to directly assist victims, $7.4 billion to local governments through community development block grants, and $450 million for small business recovery via the Small Business Administration.
The Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG) is administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. CDBG funds local activities and infrastructure development via statewide offices that focus on local communities or directly to the local government (cities, counties and other authorities). These agencies expend the funds via federal and state guidelines, but generally through their individual agency procurement offices.
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.
GovDirections will work on all fronts to alert you to projects that not only help your company, but help your neighbors reconstruct from Harvey and Irma – two names likely to be retired because of their impact – now estimated to exceed $250 billion. Congress’ initial $15 billion package will most likely be followed by the largest infrastructure investment in modern times.