Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act

The Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, 42 USC 5150, commonly known as the “Stafford Act”, gives contracting officers authority to restrict competition to the affected geographical area. This applies to FEMA contracts and other federal government Read More

GAO Bid Protest – Doing Business Primarily in the Area

GAO Bid Protest decision B-299954.3 found a FEMA contract improperly awarded to a firm not “doing business primarily” in Mississippi. GAO looked to see where the firm does the majority of its business. This GAO decision has a good discussion Read More

Emergency and Disaster Contracts for Local Business Firms

Congressional intent in enacting the Stafford Act was to promote the use of local firms and individuals in the affected area in disaster relief contracts. “A Federal assistance program should be designed to revitalize the community by infusions of cash Read More

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