Congressional Republicans Work to Expand Trump Order on Streamlining
Congressional Republicans introduced legislation to expand on the Executive Order recently signed by President Trump urging federal agencies to accelerate projects on federal lands;
Senators Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) and James Lankford (R-Okla.) introduced two bills to change the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) to speed up infrastructure projects;
The first, S. 3926, would amend the 2015 Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act to give “project proponents more control over the timetable, and prevents litigants from unnecessarily holding up projects;”
The second, S. 3927, would reduce the time that opponents could challenge a project permit or approval in court from 150 days to 90;
In the House, Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) introduced H.R. 7130, which would codify into law the president’s 2017 executive order consolidating the review process across federal agencies;
The intent of the survey is to identify concerns with and understand the public perception of current and potential uses of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) technology by first responders;
The survey requests respondents include their demographic characteristics, knowledge of UAS, general attitudes about such use, and opinions about the use of drones by first responders for specific applications like search-and-rescue.
The guidance is designed to provide states, local, tribes and territories with basic recommendations for establishing a Business Emergency Operations Center (BEOC) to support COVID-19 response and recovery operations.
The main goal of the survey is to understand the public perception of and identify concerns with current and potential uses of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) technology by first responders.
The survey requests respondents include their demographic characteristics, knowledge of UAS, knowledge of the use of UAS by first responders, their overall trust in the use of new technologies by the government and first responders, their general attitudes about such use, and their opinions about the use of drones by first responders for specific applications like search-and-rescue. The deadline to respond to the survey is July 9, 2020.
FEMA Releases Business Emergency Operations Center Quick Start Guidance as America is Opening Up Again
Engagement and integration of businesses and other organizations is critical as communities work to implement reopening plans aligned to the President’s Guidelines for Opening Up America Again and informed by available Community Mitigation Guidance and guidance for businesses and workplaces. The “Business Emergency Operations Center (BEOC) Quick Start Guidance” provides states, locals, tribes and territories with foundational concepts for establishing a Business Emergency Operations Center (BEOC) to support their response and recovery operations for COVID-19.
Establishing a BEOC provides a jurisdiction a consistent integration point for private and public coordination for sustained response and recovery operations throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, with no requirement for physical contact. To view the “Business Emergency Operations Center Quick Start Guidance”, visit http://www.fema.gov/plan.
NATIONAL ENGAGEMENT FOR THE DRAFT NIMS IMPLEMENTATION OBJECTIVES FOR FEDERAL DEPARTEMENTS AND AGENCIES
FEMA’s National Integration Center is seeking public feedback for an update of the National Incident Management System (NIMS) Implementation Objectives for Federal Departments and Agencies. This National Engagement Period will conclude at 5:00 p.m. EDT on June 17, 2020. National Engagement provides an opportunity for interested parties to comment on the draft implementation objectives, to ensure they are relevant for all implementing partners.
Federal departments and agencies play an important role in ensuring effective NIMS implementation; not only do they implement NIMS within their departments and agencies, they also ensure that the systems and processes are in place to communicate and support NIMS implementation at all jurisdictional levels.
FEMA previously revised the Federal NIMS Implementation Objectives in 2009. In this current update, we seek to ensure the objectives are consistent with the Third Edition of the NIMS, published in October 2017. The Third Edition of NIMS retains the concepts and principles from the 2008 and 2004 versions of NIMS, while reflecting changes to laws, policies, and best practices. Additionally, the Third Edition of NIMS provides additional information on the roles of off-scene incident personnel such as senior leaders and emergency operations center personnel.
FEMA has developed implementation indicators for each Implementation Objective. These indicators serve as actionable activities that jurisdictions can use to demonstrate NIMS implementation. The indicators are not requirements or criteria, nor are the indicators intended as a checklist for achieving the objectives. The indicators are a tool to assist Federal departments and agencies in meeting the new implementation objectives.
FEMA will host a series of webinars to discuss the proposed NIMS Implementation Objectives for Federal Departments and Agencies and answer related questions. All webinars are open to the whole community.
As COVID-19 continues to grip the country, the Disaster Assistance Improvement Program (DAIP) is working alongside its Federal partner agencies to provide relevant information and resources to the public. On April 2, 2020, DAIP Stakeholder Relations and Management team held its regular monthly call with the federal partnership to share resources available and discuss how many agencies have been providing information to the public. For example:
The Department of Housing and Urban Development shared information specifically related to homeless and housing insecure populations:
Infectious Disease Toolkit for Continuum of Care (CoC) and Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG). This funding supports homeless projects throughout the country to assist households move into sustainable housing, COC homeless shelters: Infectious Disease Toolkit
The Department of Labor shared information about their public-facing site Benefits.gov. In response to increase in visitors to Benefits.gov, developed critical communications, including:
The Office of Personnel Management OPM shared the relevant information for Federal employees including teleworking guidance and information for Federal Agencies navigating the hiring process during COVID-19.
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