Secretary Napolitano Announces Public Assistance Arbitration Process for Hurricanes Katrina and Rita [August 6, 2009]   [open pdf - 41KB]

This Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Press release highlights Secretary Napolitano's announcement of a new arbitration process which will further assist the Gulf Coast recovery effort. More specifically, "Secretary Janet Napolitano today joined with U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu of Louisiana and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Craig Fugate to announce a new arbitration process to expedite resolution of outstanding FEMA public assistance projects stemming from hurricanes Katrina and Rita. The new arbitration system is designed to further recovery efforts by providing final adjudication of disputes arising from public assistance projects by an independent, neutral panel of arbitrators. 'Six months into the new administration, we have made great strides with Gulf Coast recovery efforts, cutting through red tape, expediting assistance and forging new partnerships across the region,' said Secretary Napolitano. 'The new arbitration process will enable FEMA and its state and local partners to continue to make progress on critical infrastructure projects, rebuilding the Gulf Coast stronger than ever.'"

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