Federal Procurement Law & Natural Disasters [December 14, 2017]   [open pdf - 388KB]

"In the wake of the recent hurricanes that have severely damaged parts of the United States, questions have been raised about the impact of federal procurement law on the federal government's disaster response. There are a limited number of special provisions in federal procurement law that apply to procurement contracts entered into by federal agencies to respond to federally declared emergencies or major disasters. As discussed in detail below, these special provisions generally authorize and encourage, but do not require, federal agencies to contract with local contractors for disaster assistance after a federally declared emergency or major disaster. Some Members of Congress have raised concerns that these provisions do not adequately incentivize agencies to choose local contractors when entering into contracts for disaster assistance."

Report Number:CRS Legal Sidebar, LSB10045
Author:Carpenter, David Hatcher
Lunder, Erika
Publisher:Library of Congress. Congressional Research Service
Copyright:Public Domain
Retrieved From:Federation of American Scientists: http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/index.html
Media Type:application/pdf
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