Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management
The Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management is responsible for the authorization and oversight of federal real estate programs, including construction, repair, alteration, maintenance, and enhancement of such real property; the authorization and oversight of programs promoting economic development in communities suffering economic distress; the authorization and oversight of programs addressing the federal management of emergencies and disasters; and a variety of measures affecting homeland security, including the all-hazards nature of the federal response to disasters and the Federal Protective Service.
The asset management activities of the Subcommittee jurisdiction include: improved grounds of the United States, generally, and measures relating to the Public Buildings Service (PBS) of the General Services Administration (GSA)—the civilian landlord of the federal government—including the planning, site and design, construction, acquisition, and renovation of public buildings, courthouses, and border facilities, and the leasing of space for federal employees; the physical plant and infrastructure of the Capitol Complex and use of the Capitol Grounds; the facilities of the White House complex; the facilities of the Smithsonian Institution, including all new and proposed facilities; facilities of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts; Union Station Redevelopment; Judiciary Centers; measures relating to the location, use, accessibility, energy conservation, security, health and safety, and transfer or exchange of federal buildings; and the naming of federal buildings and courthouses.
The economic development activities of the Subcommittee include jurisdiction over the Economic Development Administration (EDA) of the Department of Commerce, the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), the Denali Commission, the Delta Regional Authority (DRA), the Northern Great Plains Regional Authority, the Southeast Crescent Regional Commission, the Southwest Border Regional Commission, and the Northern Border Regional Commission.
The Subcommittee’s jurisdiction of federal management of emergencies and natural disasters includes Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) oversight and activities relating to disaster mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery, as well as programs relating to first responders. These activities are authorized by the Stafford Act, the Homeland Security Act of 20002, Title VI of the Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2007, and the “Post-Katrina Emergency Management Reform Act” (PKEMRA). The Subcommittee is also responsible for the all-hazards nature of the National Preparedness System (“NPS”) and a national preparedness goal that is consistent with the National Incident Management System (“NIMS”) and the National Response Framework (“NRF”). These programs, plans, and directives form the basis of the national approach to emergency preparedness and response.
- May 17, 2021 : Committee Leaders Question FEMA After Approvals for Disaster Survivor Aid Program Falls to All-Time Low
- May 13, 2021 : "Federal Real Estate Post-COVID-19 Part One: A View from The Private Sector"
- May 7, 2021 : Chairs DeFazio, Titus Announce First Hearing in Series on Federal Real Estate Post-COVID-19
- Apr 28, 2021 : Chair Titus Statement from Hearing on the Reauthorization of the Economic Development Administration
- Apr 28, 2021 : “Investing in America: Reauthorization of the Economic Development Administration”
- Apr 23, 2021 : Chairs DeFazio, Titus Announce Subcommittee Hearing on Reauthorization of the Economic Development Administration
- Apr 21, 2021 : Chairs DeFazio and Titus Announce Rep. Pappas Will Serve as Vice Chair of the Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management
- Mar 18, 2021 : Chairs DeFazio, Titus Statements from Hearing on Federal Investments in Resilience and Disaster Mitigation Programs
- Mar 18, 2021 : “Building Smarter: The Benefits of Investing in Resilience and Mitigation”
- Mar 16, 2021 : Thompson, DeFazio, Roybal-Allard, LaMalfa and Panetta Introduce the Increase Federal Disaster Cost Share Act
- Mar 12, 2021 : Chairs DeFazio, Titus Announce Subcommittee Hearing on the Benefits of Investing in Resilience and Disaster Mitigation Programs to Reduce Costs and Impacts on U.S. Communities
- Feb 11, 2021 : Following All-Day Markup, Committee Advances Key Portions of President Biden’s COVID Relief Legislation to Deliver Badly-Needed Aid to the American People
- Feb 2, 2021 : Group of House Democrats Pushing for FEMA Cost-Share Reimbursement Applaud President Biden’s Latest Action That Will Help Communities Across the Country
- Jan 15, 2021 : DeFazio Leads Colleagues on Letter Urging President-Elect Biden to Take Action to Help Communities Dealing with the COVID-19 Pandemic
- Nov 17, 2020 : DeFazio-Led Bill to Reduce Financial Burdens on States and Communities Facing Disasters amid the COVID-19 Pandemic, including Wildfires and Hurricanes, Passes the House