FEDERAL CONTRACT PLANNING IN SUPPORT OF CONUS DISASTER RESPONSE: AN ANALYSIS AND APPLICATION OF DOD CONTINGENCY TOOLS IN THE PRECONTRACT-AWARD ENVIRONMENT
Lawson, Stephen C.
Cashwell, James O.
Yoder, Elliott C.
Apte, Aruna U.
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This research examined the role of CONUS federal disaster response, relief, and recovery operations utilizing existing Department of Defense (DoD) frameworks. This project intends to analyze how the DoD’s capabilities may provide for more efficient and robust planning and response operations capabilities via a coordinated effort across local, state, and federal entities within the authorities described in the Stafford Act and when the Federal Acquisition Regulation protocols are utilized. This research was conducted based on the utilization of the Yoder Three-Tier Model, specifically as it pertains to Phase Zero Contract Operations, and examined methodologies for the incorporation of protocols into FEMA’s disaster planning and response operations as a means of improving contract award effectiveness. Throughout our research we identified that the federal government’s disaster response agencies often lack the requisite capacity, capability, and manpower to efficiently implement contract solutions and processes necessary to minimize property loss and mitigate unnecessary risk to human life. Based on our research, we recommend that Operational Contract Support is integrated into the National Response Framework, that Section 307 of the Stafford Act is amended to enable authorities to use disaster mitigation funds in creative ways, and that a portfolio of enhanced and innovative contract solutions is established to render a more capable and efficient federal response.
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