Emergency relief grants take sequestration hit

Gov Pro  |  Friday, March 8, 2013

FEMA will be reducing its state and local grant funding by more than $100 million, a cut necessitated by the sequestration order signed on Friday.

In a letter sent today to grant recipients, David J. Kaufman — acting assistant administrator for the grant programs directorate — said the sequestration will affect FY 2013 funding levels for all GPD grants, subject to FEMA's final FY 2013 appropriation. This will result in a reduction to FEMA's State and Local grant funding levels of approximately $104 million. Sequestration will not affect grants or cooperative agreements awarded in previous fiscal years.

In August 2011, Congress passed the Budget Control Act of 2011 to limit federal spending and reduce the national debt. That law requires sequestration, or across-the-board funding reductions, totaling $1.2 trillion over 10 years. The cuts would be split evenly between defense and domestic discretionary spending.

"We recognize the hardships that sequestration is likely to cause and thank you for your cooperation as we work together to manage these unfortunate circumstances," Kaufman wrote. "

An Office of Management and Budget report shows FEMA's sequester-related cuts. State and local programs were second-hardest hit, after disaster relief, which will lose $928 million. Read the original article at Gov Pro
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