"[On] January 29, 2013, Congress passed the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act, 2013 (P.L. 113-2), a $50.5 billion package of disaster assistance largely focused on responding to Hurricane Sandy. The Disaster Relief Appropriations Act, 2013, provided supplemental funding to over 66 different accounts and programs, including: (1) $16.0 billion for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, (2) $11.5 billion for the Disaster Relief Fund, (3) $10.9 billion for the Public Transportation Emergency Relief Program, and (4) $5.4 billion total for disaster-related activities of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (pre-sequester). In addition, the Sandy Recovery Improvement Act of 2013 (SRIA), passed as Division B of P.L. 113-2, reformed key provisions of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (the Stafford Act, P.L. 93-288 as amended). The supplemental appropriation also was preceded by Congress providing an additional $9.7 billion in borrowing authority for the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) in P.L. 113-1 on January 6, 2013. This report briefly analyzes the Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Strategy (HSRS), which is the key strategic document released by the Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force established by executive order. This report also discusses overarching issues for Congress that may arise during oversight of the Hurricane Sandy recovery process and how lessons learned from Hurricane Sandy can be applied to future disasters."
CRS Report for Congress, R43396