You won’t believe what’s in the Sandy Aid Package

| January 11 2013
Christopher Cook

Actually, if you know anything about what our government has become, you will believe it.

A hat tip to the Tea Party Miami for the list below, which provides some direct Sandy relief and a lot of money for “special projects, political payoffs and governmental slush funds.”

 

DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE; FARM SERVICE AGENCY – $15,000,000

This request would provide $15 million in cost-share assistance to farmers and ranchers to rehabilitate farmland damaged by Hurricane Sandy. Funds may be used to repair and restore natural resource impairments such as debris removal, restoration of conservation structures, and repair/replacement of damaged livestock fences that may endanger the land or affect the land’s productive capacity.

DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE; FARM SERVICE AGENCY – $23,000,000

This request would provide $23 million in cost-share assistance to eligible landowners and operators to restore and enhance non-industrial forestland damaged by Hurricane Sandy through tree plantings designed to help reduce flood effects, protect water sources, decrease soil erosion and improve wildlife habitat.

DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE; NATURAL RESOURCES CONSERVATION SERVICE – $30,000,000

This request would provide $30 million to mitigate future flood risk and relieve watershed impairments that pose imminent hazards to life and property. This funding would be available for immediate recovery efforts, including cleaning out debris-clogged stream channels, stabilizing undermined and unstable stream banks, and repairing jeopardized water control structures and public infrastructure.

DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE; FOOD AND NUTRITION SERVICE – $6,000,000

This request would provide $6 million for commodity food purchases for food banks and soup kitchens in response to Hurricane Sandy. This amount is equivalent to one month’s worth of The Emergency Food Assistance Program entitlement commodities in the affected areas.

DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE; FOREST SERVICE – $4,400,000

This request would provide $4.4 million to support repairs to Forest Service property and National Forest System roads and trails in response to Hurricane Sandy. Repairs are needed at the Grey Towers National Historic Site and in the White Mountain and Monongahela National Forests.

DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE; NATIONAL OCEANIC AND ATMOSPHERIC ADMINISTRATION – $33,000,000

This request would provide $33 million for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Operations, Research, and Facilities account in response to Hurricane Sandy. Of this total, $13 million would be used to 1) repair or replace damaged weather observation, weather radio, and ocean observing assets, primarily in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast regions, including high frequency radar systems, water level monitoring stations, and other ocean observing and water quality monitoring platforms and sensors; and 2) repair damaged facilities belonging to the National Ocean Service, National Marine Fisheries Service, and National Weather Service, including regional facilities in Sandy Hook, New Jersey and the National Estuarine Research Reserve System. An additional $20 million would be used to evaluate impacts on natural resources, such as fisheries and coastal habitat; support mapping and charting missions (e.g., hydrographic surveying, coastal mapping); conduct marine debris assessments; and provide technical assistance to support local recovery and facilitate permitting.

DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE; OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE – $5,370,000

This request would provide nearly $5.4 million in response to Hurricane Sandy to fund repairs of damaged facilities and utilities as well as debris removal at Picatinny Arsenal and Fort Dix in New Jersey; Fort Hamilton in New York; and Fort Lee and Fort Eustis in Virginia. This request also includes equipment repairs at Fort A.P. Hill in Virginia.

DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE; OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE – $41,200,000

This request would provide $41.2 million in response to Hurricane Sandy to fund repairs of damaged facilities and equipment as well as debris removal at the following installations: Fleet Logistics Center Norfolk, Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story, Naval Air Station Oceana, Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Norfolk Naval Station and Naval Support Activity Hampton Roads in Virginia; Naval Weapons Station Earle, New Jersey; United States Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Other facilities and equipment damaged in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island will also be repaired.

DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE; OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE – $8,500,000

This request would provide $8.5 million in response to Hurricane Sandy to fund repairs of damaged facilities and equipment as well as debris removal at Dover Air Force Base, Delaware; Hanscom Air Force Base and Cape Cod Air Force Station, Massachusetts; Joint Base McGuire- Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey; and Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia.

DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE; OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE – $3,165,000

This request would provide nearly $3.2 million in response to Hurricane Sandy to fund repairs of damaged facilities and equipment as well as debris removal at Camp Hartell and Camp Niantic, Connecticut; Camp Smith, New York; Sea Girt National Guard Training Center, New Jersey; and armories in Connecticut, New Jersey, and New York.

DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE; OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE – $5,775,000 

This request would provide nearly $5.8 million in response to Hurricane Sandy to fund repairs of damaged facilities and equipment at McGuire Air Force Base and Atlantic City International Airport, New Jersey; and Francis C. Gabreski Air Base, New York.

DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE; PROCUREMENT – $1,310,000

This request would provide $1.3 million in response to Hurricane Sandy to fund repairs of roofs and utility wires at ammunition production buildings at the Radford Army Ammunition Plant in Virginia.

DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE; MILITARY CONSTRUCTION – $24,235,000

This request would provide $24.2 million in response to Hurricane Sandy to fund repairs of damaged facilities and utilities at Sea Girt National Guard Training Center, New Jersey.

DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE; REVOLVING AND MANAGEMENT FUNDS – $24,200,000

This request would provide $24.2 million in response to Hurricane Sandy to fund repairs of damaged facilities and equipment as well as debris removal at Naval Weapons Station Earle, New Jersey and other naval facilities. In addition, these funds will be used to repair the hull of the USNS Arctic.

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES; ADMINISTRATION FOR CHILDREN AND FAMILIES – $500,000,000

This request would provide $500 million in Social Services Block Grant (SSBG) funding for States to address the social service needs of affected individuals in response to Hurricane Sandy. Consistent with previous SSBG disaster-related supplemental funding, special appropriations language is needed to allow States to provide health services (including mental health services), and for repair, renovation, and construction of health care facilities (including mental health facilities), child care centers, and other social services facilities. Since SSBG funds are allocated to States through a statutory formula, language also is needed to target the funds to those States with the greatest social services needs resulting from the storm.

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES; ADMINISTRATION FOR CHILDREN AND FAMILIES – $100,000,000

This request would provide $100 million in response to Hurricane Sandy to rebuild and repair Head Start centers, as well as replace lost equipment and supplies. Funds would also be used to support temporary services for children formerly enrolled in closed centers, including transportation to other Head Start programs.

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES; DEPARTMENTAL MANAGEMENT – $200,000,000

This request would provide $200 million to the Public Health and Social Services Emergency Fund in response to Hurricane Sandy. This funding would support a number of health-related activities throughout the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The activities include support to National Institutes of Health grantees for scientific equipment and resource losses, clinical trial restarts, substance abuse and mental health programs, environmental and public health support, and other Departmental activities that are deemed by the Secretary as necessary for response and recovery from storm-related damage. These resources, provided to the Secretary and coupled with transfer authority similar to that found in the 2009 influenza pandemic appropriation, would provide a mechanism for the Department to identify the response priorities and specific costs associated with them. Since at this time it is too early to know exact response and recovery needs for the relevant HHS programs, this approach provides the Secretary with necessary flexibility to allocate at a later date. The Secretary would notify the Congress of the activities funded with this appropriation.

DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY; UNITED STATES SECRET SERVICE – $300,000

This request would provide $300,000 to replace Secret Service law enforcement vehicles as well as associated communications equipment permanently damaged by flooding associated with Hurricane Sandy.

DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY; IMMIGRATION AND CUSTOMS ENFORCEMENT – $855,000

This request would provide $855,000 to replace Immigration and Customs Enforcement law enforcement vehicles damaged in Hurricane Sandy.

DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY; CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION – $2,402,000

This request would provide $2.4 million in response to Hurricane Sandy to replace destroyed or damaged vehicles, including mobile x-ray machines at ports of entry in New York and New Jersey, and other equipment.

DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY; UNITED STATES COAST GUARD – $66,844,000

This request would provide $66.8 million to repair storm damage to Coast Guard Academy campus buildings, Coast Guard housing, and Coast Guard air facilities, boat stations, field units, and equipment. Damage from Hurricane Sandy rendered these facilities not habitable and/or not fully mission capable. The facilities are located along the East Coast from North Carolina to New England, along the Great Lakes and include small projects at boat stations in Florida and an air facility in Great Inagua, Bahamas.

DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY; UNITED STATES COAST GUARD – $207,389,000

This request would provide nearly $207.4 million for rebuilding waterfront facilities, Coast Guard housing, boat stations and field units, and for repairs to severely damaged information technology and communication systems. Damage from Hurricane Sandy rendered these facilities not habitable and/or not fully mission capable. The facilities are located along the East Coast from Virginia to Connecticut. Also included is reconstruction of a protective berm associated with the firing range at Cape May Training Center in New Jersey.

DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY; FEDERAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY – $11,500,000,000

This request would provide $11.5 billion to the Federal Emergency Management Agency for response and recovery efforts related to Hurricane Sandy, including direct aid to disaster survivors, the rebuilding of public infrastructure, and hazard mitigation, in accordance with the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act.

DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY; FEDERAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY – $9,700,000,000

This request would provide the Federal Emergency Management Agency with an additional $9.7 billion in borrowing authority to carry out the National Flood Insurance Program in response to Hurricane Sandy. Borrowing authority for the National Flood Insurance Program is currently capped at $20.725 billion.

DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY; FEDERAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY – $300,000,000

This request would provide $300 million in subsidy for direct loans to communities impacted by Hurricane Sandy. Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (Stafford Act) authorizes FEMA to provide direct loans to local governments that incurred substantial losses of tax and other revenues as a result of a major disaster and require financial assistance in order to perform governmental functions. The Disaster Assistance Direct Loan Program account provides loan authority and subsidy budget authority for disaster assistance direct loans.

DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY; SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY – $3,249,000

This request would provide $3.2 million for erosion control and repair work to the Plum Island Animal Disease Center in New York and to reroute and retrench the undersea power cable that supplies the island with backup in response to damages caused by Hurricane Sandy.

DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY; DOMESTIC NUCLEAR DETECTION OFFICE – $3,869,000

This request would provide nearly $3.9 million to clear out radiological detector panel systems that were destroyed or damaged as a result of Hurricane Sandy and install new panels in booths at ports of entry in New York and New Jersey.

DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT; COMMUNITY PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENTS – $15,000,000

This request would provide $15 billion in flexible Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds to assist State and local governments to address disaster recovery needs in areas most impacted by Hurricane Sandy. CDBG grantees will use funds to design and carry out recovery and mitigation programs to address needs not met by other sources, including Federal agencies. These funds can be used to address: housing repair or replacement costs unmet by insurance, FEMA individual assistance, or SBA disaster loans; unmet repair needs of small businesses (as defined by SBA regulations) that are underinsured and/or ineligible for SBA loans; public infrastructure investments; the State or local cost share required for other Federal programs; and other affordable housing and community development projects in low- and moderate-income neighborhoods.

DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR; BUREAU OF SAFETY AND ENVIRONMENTAL ENFORCEMENT – $3,000,000

This request would provide $3 million to the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) in response to Hurricane Sandy. BSEE operates a group of facilities in New Jersey to train for oil spill responses and store equipment. This funding would be used to cover emergency repairs to restore these facilities to operating status and replace destroyed storage buildings.

DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR; UNITED STATES FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE – $78,000,000

This request would provide $78 million for large-scale Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) projects that repair or rehabilitate resources or facilities damage to National Wildlife Refuges (NWR) or other FWS properties, such as Fish Health and Technology Centers in response to Hurricane Sandy. Refuges that were hit hardest by the Hurricane include E.B. Forsythe NWR (New Jersey), the Long Island NWR Complex (New York) and Prime Hook NWR (Delaware). This request also includes funding for Refuges from Florida to Maine. Major damage to Federal real property includes buildings, utilities, vegetation, gates, fences, seawalls, docks, and shorelines. Equipment damage includes damages to water treatment tanks, fueling stations, vehicles, and boats.

DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR; NATIONAL PARK SERVICE – $348,000,000

This request would provide $348 million for large-scale National Park Service projects that repair or rehabilitate a resource or facility damaged in national parks as a result of Hurricane Sandy. Hardest hit parks include Statue of Liberty Island, Ellis Island, Gateway NRA, and Fire Island. This request also includes funding for affected parks in Florida, North Carolina, and the D.C. area. Federal real property damage includes buildings, utilities, seawalls, docks, piers, and shoreline restoration. Equipment damage includes damages to radios, fueling stations, vehicles, boats, fire systems and historical assets.

DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE; GENERAL ADMINISTRATION – $20,000

This request would provide $20,000 for the Office of Inspector General to repair and replace vehicles, equipment, and furniture as a result of Hurricane Sandy.

DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE; FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION – $4,000,000

This request would provide $4 million to the Federal Bureau of Investigation to replace vehicles, laboratory and office equipment, and furniture damaged as a result of Hurricane Sandy.

DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE; DRUG ENFORCEMENT ADMINISTRATION – $1,000,000

This request would provide $1 million to the Drug Enforcement Administration, which would be used to repair or replace over 15 vehicles, information technology equipment, and antennas and repeaters at sites affected by Hurricane Sandy.

DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE; BUREAU OF ALCOHOL, TOBACCO, FIREARMS, AND EXPLOSIVES – $230,000

This request would provide $230,000 to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to replace three vehicles, repair communication lines, and replace damaged furniture as a result of Hurricane Sandy.

DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE; FEDERAL PRISON SYSTEM – $10,000,000

This request would provide $10 million to repair Federal prison facilities in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia affected by Hurricane Sandy.

DEPARTMENT OF LABOR; EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING ADMINISTRATION – $50,000,000

This request would provide $50 million for the Workforce Investment Act Dislocated Worker National Reserve to support National Emergency Grants, which will fund the temporary expansion of training and employment programs to help dislocated workers in States affected by Hurricane Sandy.

DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION; FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION – $30,000,000

This request would provide $30 million for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Facilities and Equipment account. This funding is needed to repair FAA-owned facilities and equipment such as air traffic control tower roofs, approach lighting systems, electrical equipment (transmission, generators, and distribution centers), radars, and navigational aids affected by Hurricane Sandy.

DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION; FEDERAL HIGHWAY ADMINISTRATION – $308,000,000

This request would provide $308 million for emergency and permanent repairs to damaged Federal-Aid highways included in Presidential Declarations or Governors’ Declarations in Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Rhode Island, and Virginia as a result of Hurricane Sandy. Funds would also be used to reimburse States and localities for setting up detours protecting highway facilities and restoring damage to highway embankments, pavement structures and traffic control devices.

DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION; FEDERAL RAILROAD ADMINISTRATION – $32,000,000

This request would provide $32 million for costs incurred by Amtrak to repair their infrastructure damaged by Hurricane Sandy, including dewatering New York tunnels, electrical systems, and overhead wires. The extent of Amtrak’s insurance coverage on damaged assets is still being assessed. While this estimate assumes damage is not covered, funding should not be used to supplant third party insurance coverage.

DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION; FEDERAL TRANSIT ADMINISTRATION – $6,200,000,000

This request would provide $6.2 billion for repair and restoration of public transportation infrastructure in the New York City metropolitan area destroyed or damaged by Hurricane Sandy, including infrastructure controlled by the Metropolitan Transit Authority, the Port Authority of New York/New Jersey, New Jersey Transit, and the New York City Department of Transportation, as well as other transit providers throughout the impacted region. It assumes that a non-Federal match of ten percent will be required, comparable to the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s program to rebuild public infrastructure, and that funding will not be used to supplant third party insurance coverage. The Public Transportation Emergency Relief program was created in MAP-21 (Public Law 112-141), the surface transportation reauthorization enacted on July 6, 2012. In the past, assistance for transit agencies to respond to and recover from Stafford Act disasters has typically been provided through the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The funding can be used for a variety of purposes, including capital projects to protect, repair, reconstruct, or replace equipment and facilities of a public transportation system that the Secretary determines is in danger of suffering serious damage, or has suffered serious damage, as a result of an emergency.

DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS; VETERANS HEALTH ADMINISTRATION – $21,000,000

This request would provide $21 million to replace medical equipment that was damaged or destroyed at the Department of Veterans Affairs Manhattan Medical Center due to Hurricane Sandy.

DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS; VETERANS HEALTH ADMINISTRATION – $6,000,000

This request would provide $6 million to repair or replace medical equipment and building systems at Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) facilities throughout the New York area damaged during Hurricane Sandy. Funding would be used to repair or replace damaged medical equipment in the Manhattan VA Medical Center, repair the sea wall at the Montrose VA Medical Center (along the Hudson River), repair building systems, and purchase facilities supplies.

DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS; DEPARTMENTAL ADMINISTRATION – $207,000,000

This request would provide $207 million for renovation and repair of key departments and systems that suffered damage due to Hurricane Sandy at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Manhattan Medical Center, including improvements to prevent interruption of patient services during future storms. VA will need congressional authorization in order to pursue this major construction project.

DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS; DEPARTMENTAL ADMINISTRATION – $531,000

This request would provide $531,000 to renovate and replace information technology equipment that was damaged or destroyed at the Department of Veterans Affairs Manhattan Medical Center due to Hurricane Sandy.

DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS; DEPARTMENTAL ADMINISTRATION – $1,100,000

This request would provide $1.1 million to address damage at three national cemeteries due to Hurricane Sandy, which caused extensive tree damage at three national cemeteries: Beverly, New Jersey; Cypress Hills, New York; and Long Island, New York.

CORPS OF ENGINEERS; CIVIL WORKS – $9,000,000

This request would provide $9 million to fund repairs to incomplete Civil Works projects that were not damaged severely enough by Hurricane Sandy to qualify for funding in the Flood Control and Coastal Emergencies account.

CORPS OF ENGINEERS; OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE – $899,000,000

This request would provide $899 million in response to Hurricane Sandy for repairs to federally constructed Civil Works projects operated and maintained by the Corps of Engineers, including emergency dredging at inlets, harbors, and channels.

CORPS OF ENGINEERS; FLOOD CONTROL AND COASTAL EMERGENCIES – $592,000,000

This request would provide $592 million for disaster response and emergency operations as a result of Hurricane Sandy. In addition, this request would fund repairs to federally constructed Civil Works projects operated and maintained by non-Federal sponsors and for some repairs to non-Federal civil works projects qualifying for assistance under Public Law 84-99, the Flood Control and Coastal Emergency Act.

ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY; ENVIRONMENTAL PROGRAMS AND MANAGEMENT – $575,000

This request would provide $725,000 to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in response to Hurricane Sandy. Of this amount, $600,000 is provided to assess water quality impacts to New York and New Jersey waters from partially treated or raw sewage, contaminated runoff, and other issues. This funding would support EPA equipment, contracts, and supplies for water quality testing. The remaining $125,000 would be for EPA’s Narragansett and Edison laboratories that sustained damages. The funding would repair a dock, walls, and roof damaged at these facilities.

ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY; HAZARDOUS SUBSTANCE SUPERFUND – $2,000,000

This request would provide $2 million for the Environmental Protection Agency to re- stabilize Superfund sites in New Jersey that were impacted by Hurricane Sandy. The constructed remedy at the Raritan Bay Slag, Atlantic Resources, and Horseshoe Road Superfund sites sustained damage, re-exposing and mobilizing contamination left in place.

ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY; LEAKING UNDERGROUND STORAGE TANK TRUST FUND PROGRAM – $5,000,000

This request would provide $5 million to assess and cleanup suspected or actual petroleum releases from federally regulated underground storage tanks, due to Hurricane Sandy.

GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION; REAL PROPERTY ACTIVITIES – $7,000,000

This request would provide $7 million to facilities in New York and New Jersey requiring repair and alterations due to Hurricane Sandy. Costs are grouped into three categories: equipment repairs or replacements to restore building conditions, building repairs to restore conditions, and standard buildout for temporary leased space to replace uninhabitable previously leased space.

NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION CONSTRUCTION AND ENVIRONMENTAL COMPLIANCE AND RESTORATION – $4,000,000

This request would provide $4 million to repair damaged and eroded sand berms and dunes that protect launch sites at Wallops Flight Facility and Kennedy Space Center, due to Hurricane Sandy.

SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION; SALARIES AND EXPENSES – $50,000,000

This request would provide $50 million for the Small Business Administration (SBA): $10 million for indirect administrative expenses (including information technology security, staffing, and financial management expenses) related to SBA’s response to Hurricane Sandy; $20 million to support SBA’s resource partners, such as Small Business Development Centers and Women’s Business Development Centers, as they provide technical assistance to disaster victims to help them reshape their businesses to access capital, re-start, and succeed in the post-Sandy business climate; and $20 million to fund State and regional cluster initiatives, accelerators, and industry- specific supply chain initiatives to support long-term economic development in the areas impacted by the Hurricane. Language providing grant authority should accompany the resource partner and economic development funding to enable SBA to use the funds in this manner.

SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION; Office of Inspector General – $5,000,000

This request would provide $5 million to the Small Business Administration’s (SBA’s) Office of Inspector General to support audits, reviews, and investigations of the proper use of funds provided by SBA’s direct Disaster Assistance loans program to the victims of Hurricane Sandy. These activities promote economy and efficiency in SBA operations by preventing and detecting fraud, waste, and abuse of loan funds.

SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION; DISASTER LOANS PROGRAM ACCOUNT – $750,000,000

This request would provide $500 million in subsidy costs, which would support approximately $4.5 billion in direct disaster assistance loans to the victims of Hurricane Sandy, while $250 million of funding would support the administrative expenses for the associated loan- making and servicing costs. These funds provide low-interest loans to businesses of all sizes and individuals (including homeowners and renters) to repair or replace real estate, personal property, machinery and equipment, inventory, and business assets that have been damaged or destroyed in a declared disaster and to provide economic injury loans to qualifying small businesses.

SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION; LIMITATIONS ON ADMINISTRATION EXPENSES – $2,000,000

This request would provide the Social Security Administration with $2 million to decontaminate paper records and replace damaged information technology equipment, due to Hurricane Sandy.

LEGAL SERVICES CORPORATION; PAYMENT ON THE LEGAL SERVICES CORPORATION – $1,000,000

This request would provide $1 million for Legal Aid programs in the areas affected by Hurricane Sandy with the necessary mobile resources, technology, and disaster coordinators to provide storm-related services to the low-income client population.

SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION; SALARIES AND EXPENSES – $2,000,000

This request would provide $2 million to repair roofs damaged by wind at the National Museum of Natural History (District of Columbia), National Museum of American History (District of Columbia), National Air and Space Museum (District of Columbia and Virginia), National Zoological Park (District of Columbia), Museum Support Center (Maryland) and Herndon Data Center (Virginia) due to Hurricane Sandy.

DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE; NATURAL RESOURCES CONSERVATION SERVICE – $150,000,000

The Department of Agriculture would use $150 million to mitigate future flood risk. Funding would be available for the purchase of floodplain easements in flooded or flood-prone coastal areas in order to mitigate economic and environmental risks of future flood events.

DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE; NATIONAL OCEANIC AND ATMOSPHERIC ADMINISTRATION – $360,000,000

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) would use $360 million to: assess risks associated with storms and flooding, provide technical assistance to improve preparedness and resiliency in coastal communities, improve forecast and modeling capabilities to support mitigation efforts, and stabilize and restore ecosystems. NOAA would work with States through cooperative agreements and by providing technical assistance to apply knowledge gained from impact assessment, identify risks and vulnerabilities along the coast, and develop and implement long-term resilience strategies to rebuild and protect sustainable coastal communities.

DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE; NATIONAL OCEANIC AND ATMOSPHERIC ADMINISTRATION – $100,000,000

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) would use $100 million to be leveraged with non-Federal resources, as appropriate, primarily to support State and local acquisition of land to restore and build coastal resiliency in areas where rebuilding physical infrastructure is not feasible or desirable, and on activities that can increase the protective capacity of natural ecosystems, such as restoring wetlands, to benefit adjacent coastal communities. Funds would be awarded competitively, principally through the Coastal and Estuarine Land Conservation Program.

DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT; COMMUNITY PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT – $200,000,000

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) would provide an additional $2 billion in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds for mitigation projects to reduce future risks and vulnerabilities. Recipients could use these funds to design and implement measures to reduce the risk of damage and loss from future disaster events. Such measures could include elevating, relocating, or hardening structures, and funds could also be used for cost shares of large local and regional mitigation projects, to address the needs for long-term recovery and resiliency.

DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR; UNITED STATES FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE – $400,000,000

The Fish and Wildlife Service would use $400 million to expand the capacity of grants to mitigate the risk of future flooding to coastal communities by restoring and enhancing natural systems on State, local and private lands, or acquiring and converting lands that cannot be redeveloped to increase flood resiliency. Funds can also be used to enhance Department of the Interior lands to mitigate the risk of future regional flooding and protect Federal resources in national parks or wildlife refuges.

DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION; FEDERAL TRANSIT ADMINISTRATION – $5,500,000,000

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) would use $5.5 billion for mitigation projects to make transportation systems more resilient in the face of high winds and flooding through the Public Transportation Emergency Relief Program. Projects could range from comprehensive flood control plans for key transportation assets to smaller-scale measures to protect critical locations. The FTA would require authority to transfers these funds to other agencies, as necessary, to best effectuate the coordinated response.

CORPS OF ENGINEERS; INVESTIGATIONS – $30,000,000

The Army Corps of Engineers civil works program would use $20 million to support an inter-agency planning process in conjunction with State, local, and Tribal officials, and to develop plans to address long-standing challenges and ensure the health and prosperity of the areas affected by Sandy by building for the future, rather than recreating past vulnerabilities. Plans would identify the best way to use not less than one-half of the overall amount identified for mitigation construction for innovative approaches to reduce the future flood risk, in ways that will promote the long-term sustainability of the coastal ecosystem and communities and reduce the economic costs and risks to life associated with large-scale flood and storm events. This would, to the extent possible, incorporate and address the increased risk and vulnerabilities expected as a result of increased extreme weather, sea level rise and coastal flooding. Within the $30 million total for investigations, $10 million is for the nationwide Water Resources Priorities Study authorized in section 2032 of the Water Resources Development Act of 2007. The Water Resources Priorities Study will address the critical need to develop a baseline assessment of the Nation’s vulnerability to flood damages on both a national and regional scale; examine the effectiveness of existing Federal, State, and local programs; and develop recommendations to improve these programs so as to reduce the economic costs and risks to life associated with large-scale flood and storm events in ways that will also promote the long-term sustainability of communities and ecosystems.

CORPS OF ENGINEERS; CONSTRUCTION – $3,820,000,000

The Army Corps of Engineers civil works program would use $3.8 billion for implementation and construction of projects in areas affected by Hurricane Sandy that reduce the future flood risk, in ways that will promote the long-term sustainability of the coastal ecosystem and communities and reduce the economic costs and risks to life associated with large-scale flood and storm events, and would, to the extent possible, incorporate and address the increased risk and vulnerabilities expected as a result of increased extreme weather, sea level rise, and coastal flooding. Such projects may include, but are not limited to, previously authorized projects designed to reduce flood risk subject to a determination by the Secretary of the Army that such projects incorporate current science and engineering standards and are consistent with the goals of funds provided in this section. For existing authorized, but not constructed projects, and previously constructed projects damaged by Hurricane Sandy that the Secretary determines do not meet these criteria, and projects not currently authorized for construction, language would be provided to authorize the Secretary to implement projects with any modifications that the Secretary determines are necessary to meet the goals of funds provided in this section. Projects constructed with funds provided in this section would be authorized at 90 percent Federal cost share. The Corps would require authority to transfers these funds to other agencies, States or local governments, as necessary, to implement elements of any plans resulting from the study to be completed with funds provided in the Investigations account.

ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY; STATE AND TRIBAL ASSISTANCE GRANTS – $610,000

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) would provide $600 million in State grants for affected States’ clean water and drinking water state revolving funds for mitigation projects for drinking water and wastewater systems that reduce future risks and vulnerabilities, for example from extreme weather events. Legislative language would be necessary to target this assistance. The EPA would also provide $10 million in State grants to fund wetland restoration and other ecosystem enhancements to assist in environmental mitigation of affected areas by Hurricane Sandy. This funding would support climate adaptation and other flood mitigation.

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