Disaster Recovery Purchasing (Section 833) Program Overview

Authority for State and Local Government Access to Schedules under Disaster Recovery Purchasing Program

Section 833 of the John Warner National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2007 (Public Law 109-364) amends 40 U.S.C. 502 to authorize the Administrator of General Services to provide to state and local governments the use of GSA Multiple Award Schedules of the GSA for purchase of products and services to be used to facilitate recovery from a major disaster declared by the President under the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 5121 et seq.) or to facilitate recovery from terrorism or nuclear, biological, chemical or radiological attack.

Scope

State and local government entities have access to purchase via all Multiple Award Schedules, both in advance and in the aftermath of major disasters, to facilitate recovery.

State and local governments that wish to use the GSA and VA Schedules to facilitate recovery from major disasters or attacks are responsible for ensuring that only authorized representatives of their governments place orders against these Schedules and that procured products and services are used only for the purposes authorized by Section 833 of Public Law 109-364.

Use of GSA Schedules by state and local governments is voluntary. Disaster relief assistance can be acquired from any vendor – local vendors are preferred – and the requirement for registration in CCR is waived during major disasters.

State and local governments may use the GSA Schedule contracts to purchase products or services in advance of a major disaster declared by the President under the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 5121 et seq.) or terrorist, nuclear, biological, chemical or radiological attack. In the aftermath of emergency events, state or local governments' systems may be disrupted. Thus, use of GSA and VA Schedule contracts prior to these events to acquire products or services to be used to facilitate recovery is authorized. The state or local government will be responsible for ensuring that purchased products or services are to be used to facilitate recovery.

If a state or local entity wishes to receive reimbursement from FEMA public assistance grants, they need to ensure that they are following the Stafford Act and FEMA public assistance program preferences and procedures. To access FEMA’s fact sheet on the GSA Disaster Recovery Purchasing Program, visit www.fema.gov/government/grant/pa/9500toc.shtm, and scroll down to 9580 Job Aids and Fact Sheets.

The Federal Supply Schedules Usage Act of 2010 further expands access under the Disaster Recovery Purchasing Program to include preparation and response from disasters. Guidelines for this expansion are not yet fully implemented. Please visit the below program website for up-to-date information on program expansion and details.

For additional information and any program updates, please visit: www.gsa.gov/disasterrecovery.