Section 428 Alternative Public Assistance Program

Section 428 Alternative Public Assistance Program

The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Section 428 Alternative Public Assistance Program is a new section to the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (Stafford Act). Signed into law on January 29, 2013 by President Obama as part of the Sandy Recovery Improvement Act of 2013, Section 428 authorizes new, alternative procedures for the Public Assistance (PA) Program within the Stafford Act; it also allows FEMA to implement these alternative procedures as part of a pilot program.

The goals for Section 428 include:

  • Reduce costs to the Federal Government stemming from public assistance;
  • Increase flexibility administering that assistance;
  • Expedite providing assistance to the state, tribal or local government or owner of a non-profit;
  • Provide financial incentives and disincentives for timely and cost-effective projects completed with public assistance.

Our Experience

Hagerty has successfully directed Section 428 Alternative Public Assistance Programs as applied to debris removal and repair, restoration, and replacement of disaster-damaged public and private non-profit facilities. We have experience managing grants ranging in size from individual PA Small Projects[¹] to capital construction projects completed through the Section 428 Alternative Procedures Pilot Program, valued at over $480 million.

Our experience in the Section 428 Alternative Procedures Pilot Program also includes developing over $5.8 billion in fixed capped grants. We developed a procedure to validate cost estimates, processes for drawdown, and procedures to leverage the full flexibility of this program. Our clients benefit, which directly impacts the citizenry within those jurisdictions.

[¹] The current threshold for Small Projects is $120,000.

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