Procurement: Pre- & Post-Disaster Leading Practices

Learn about leading procurement practices and processes for utilities before, during, and after a disaster.
December 4, 2019
2:00pm EDT - 3:30pm EDT

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Webinar Description

The most recent Office of Inspector General (OIG) summary report, which summarizes the results of OIG disaster related audits, identified $2.08 billion in questioned costs (for FY 2017). This represents 96% of the $2.16 billion audited. Frequent audit findings include the lack of business practices for compliance with Federal procurement regulations and ineligible costs as a result of noncompliant contracting practices. Subrecipients of federal grant funding, such as community-owned electric utilities, are subject to stringent Federal procurement regulations which may be difficult to understand and conflict with local practices.

Learn about leading procurement practices and processes for utilities before, during, and after a disaster. Hear about the applicable regulations and who needs to comply with what sections of those regulations. Discuss common misunderstandings and pitfalls through case studies and unique situations from real-life utility experiences. 


  • Federal procurement regulations that apply to utilities
  • Considerations when implementing standard procurement business practices
  • When emergency procurements can be utilized
  • Best practices in stand-by and pre-disaster contracts
  • Case study: What to include in your procurement file

Series Description

This three-part series will dive into the challenges utilities face when working to secure and retain federal grant funding. Utilities can position themselves for success now by incorporating leading practices into their pre- and post-disaster recovery processes and procedures. Learn the strategies to maximize and access different types of mitigation grant funding. Understand federal procurement regulations and how to avoid common pitfalls and grant risks which utilities often encounter. Implement best practices for tracking and capturing disaster related costs in order to maximize and retain your financial recovery.

Recommended for

Public power personnel involved in the following areas:

  • Engineering and operations
  • Emergency management
  • Risk management
  • Accounting and finance
  • Procurement and purchasing


  • Bradley Nichols, Partner, Insurance & Federal Claims Services, Ernst & Young
  • Chris Terry, Manager, Insurance & Federal Claims Services, Ernst & Young

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Have questions? Contact 202/467-2997 or [email protected]

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Individual webinars: $109 for members; $209 for nonmembers

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The 3-part series (discounted price): $275 for members; $550 for nonmembers

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