Congressional Budget Office Cost Estimate: H.R. 3709, Preliminary Damage Assessment Improvement Act of 2021   [open pdf - 168KB]

This is the Congressional Budget Office Cost Estimate as ordered reported by the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure on July 28, 2021. From the Document: "Following a major disaster declared under the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) works with state and local partners to generate a preliminary damage assessment (PDA) quantifying the potential magnitude of damages caused by the event. That assessment informs subsequent requests for federal assistance. H.R. 3709 would require FEMA to convene an advisory panel consisting of federal, state, and local officials to make recommendations on training, the use of a technological platform to integrate data, and other ways to improve the PDA process. Under the bill, FEMA would need to issue regulations to implement any activities that the panel recommends. Finally, the bill would require the agency to report to the Congress on several issues, including the PDA process and the panel's recommendations."

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