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 contracts for disaster recovery. Contractors may file a GAO bid protest if they believe the award is to a firm not really residing in the area or primarily doing business in the area. Contact Karen Hindson for assistance with your government contracting issues.