Avoid Disaster after a Disaster: FEMA/Federal Procurement Guidelines

Get an overview of FEMA’s Public Assistance Program and learn how to best position your utility to maximize FEMA disaster grant funding. Part of the From Procurement to Recovery: Understanding the FEMA Grant Process Webinar Series.
November 28, 2017

2 – 3:30 p.m. Eastern

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Series Description
This is the first in a two-part FEMA webinars series—From Procurement to Recovery: Understanding the FEMA Grant Process Webinar Series. Sign up for webinars individually or register for both webinars at a discounted rate. You’ll also get access to recordings and slides for future reference.

Get an overview of FEMA’s Public Assistance Program and learn how to best position your utility to maximize FEMA disaster grant funding. Learn about procurement requirements, how to avoid common mistakes that can lead to disallowance of funding, hear about FEMA's appeals process, and what to expect if you are targeted for an audit.

Webinar Description
Hear about FEMA and federal procurement guidelines that will help you avoid procurement mistakes that could result in the deobligation of FEMA funding. Learn ways to improve regulatory compliance when designing and executing procurement and contracting processes involved in FEMA disaster grant funding.

Topics include:

  • Overview of federal procurement regulations
  • Procurement and contracting methods
  • Procurement checklist
  • Avoiding deobligation
  • Common reasons for deobligation
  • Interacting with FEMA and the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of the Inspector General

Who Should Participate
This webinar is designed for utility operations, finance, procurement, legal, and accounting staff, as well as others interested in learning more about FEMA eligibility, procurement requirements, processes and procedures.

Bill Riley, Managing Director, Witt O’Brien’s, Washington, D.C. Bill is in the forefront of resolving FEMA eligibility issues affecting municipal utilities and rural electric cooperatives. He served as a member of the team that drafted the successful Iowa reconductoring appeals, and is a frequent presenter of FEMA Public Assistance program issues at meetings, conferences and conventions sponsored by the American Public Power Association.

Bill managed Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut for Witt O’Brien’s. He also served as the Project Manager for the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston (UTMB) and the cities of Houston and Galveston’s recovery efforts from Hurricane Ike. He worked as the Project Manager for Witt O’Brien’s and oversaw the Vermont State Hospital’s recovery from Tropical Storm Irene. He has managed client projects in Arkansas, Indiana, Iowa, Rhode Island, and Virginia, and took a leading position in the resolution of eligibility issues related to the FEMA PA Program and the Sandy Recovery Improvement Act (SRIA).

Prior to joining Witt O’Brien’s, Bill served at FEMA as Senior Advisor to the Federal Coordinating Officer at the sites of presidentially declared disasters in the US and its territories. He was an authoritative spokesperson on all operational, program, and policy issues at the scene of major disasters. He served as the national and international media liaison for the FEMA Urban Search and Rescue Task Forces at Ground Zero following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.


Individual webinars: $99 for Association members; $199 for nonmembers

The two-part series (discounted rate): $150 for Association members; $300 for nonmembers

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  • Each webinar is worth 1.5 CPEs/.2 CEU/1.5 PDH credits
    CPE Field of Study: Specialized Knowledge
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Questions for Speakers
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Contact Us
Have questions? Contact 202/467-2921 or [email protected].