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.
- Jan 10, 2020 : Chairs DeFazio and Titus Call for Public Hearing on Trump Organization’s Potential Sale of Old Post Office Building Lease and GSA Stonewalling
- Dec 10, 2019 : DRRA at One: Stakeholder Perspectives
- Nov 18, 2019 : Chair DeFazio Statement on GSA’s Failure to Meet Deadline to Fully Comply with Subpoena for Records Related to Trump’s DC Hotel
- Nov 13, 2019 : Chairs DeFazio, Titus Statements from Hearing on Smithsonian Institution Facilities
- Nov 13, 2019 : Review of Smithsonian Institution Current Facilities and Future Space Needs
- Nov 12, 2019 : Chairs DeFazio, Titus Introduce Bill to Require GSA to Conduct Audits on Its Leases with Private Parties, Including the Lease for Trump’s DC Hotel
- Oct 25, 2019 : Chair DeFazio Responds to Reports Trump Family Considers Selling Hotel in Old Post Office Building
- Oct 22, 2019 : Chairs DeFazio, Titus Statements from Hearing on Assessment of Federal Recovery Efforts After Catastrophic Disaster Seasons
- Oct 22, 2019 : An Assessment of Federal Recovery Efforts from Recent Disasters
- Oct 18, 2019 : Chair DeFazio Prepared to Issue Subpoena to Obtain Key Documents on Trump’s DC Hotel Lease
- Oct 1, 2019 : Chairs DeFazio, Titus Request GSA Audit of Trump’s Old Post Office Lease
- Sep 25, 2019 : Chairs DeFazio, Titus Statements from Hearing on “Landlord and Tenant: The Trump Administration’s Oversight of the Trump International Hotel Lease”
- Sep 25, 2019 : Landlord and Tenant: The Trump Administration’s Oversight of the Trump International Hotel Lease
- Sep 19, 2019 : Committee Approves Slate of Legislation to Maintain Labor Standards, Fund Water Projects Across the Country, Improve Disaster Preparedness, and More
- Sep 10, 2019 : As Part of Ongoing Investigation into Trump’s DC Hotel Lease, Chairs DeFazio and Titus Press GSA Official For Key Records and Question Why the Agency is Taking Legal Guidance from Trump Hotel Attorney