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[115th Congress Public Law 98]
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Public Law 115-98
115th Congress

                                 An Act


 
To reauthorize the United States Fire Administration, the Assistance to 
   Firefighters Grants program, the Fire Prevention and Safety Grants 
program, and the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response grant 
 program, and for other purposes. <<NOTE: Jan. 3, 2018 -  [H.R. 4661]>> 

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the 
United States of America in Congress assembled, <<NOTE: United States 
Fire Administration, AFG, and SAFER Program Reauthorization Act of 
2017. 15 USC 2201 note.>> 
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

    This Act may be cited as the ``United States Fire Administration, 
AFG, and SAFER Program Reauthorization Act of 2017''.
SEC. 2. REAUTHORIZATION OF THE UNITED STATES FIRE ADMINISTRATION.

    Section 17(g)(1)(M) of the Federal Fire Prevention and Control Act 
of 1974 (15 U.S.C. 2216 (g)(1)(M)) is amended--
            (1) by striking ``fiscal year 2017'' and inserting ``for 
        each of fiscal years 2017 through 2023''; and
            (2) by inserting ``for each such fiscal year'' after 
        ``$2,753,672''.
SEC. 3. REAUTHORIZATION OF ASSISTANCE TO FIREFIGHTERS GRANTS 
                    PROGRAM AND THE FIRE PREVENTION AND SAFETY 
                    GRANTS PROGRAM.

    (a) Sunset.--Section 33(r) of the Federal Fire Prevention and 
Control Act of 1974 (15 U.S.C. 2229(r)) is amended by striking ``the 
date that is 5 years after the date of the enactment of the Fire Grants 
Reauthorization Act of 2012'' and inserting ``September 30, 2024''.
    (b) Authorization of Appropriations.--Section 33(q)(1)(B) of the 
Federal Fire Prevention and Control Act of 1974 (15 U.S.C. 
2229(q)(1)(B)) is amended, in the matter preceding clause (i), by 
striking ``2017'' and inserting ``2023''.
    (c) Authorization for Certain Training Under Assistance to 
Firefighters Grants Program.--Section 33(c)(3) of the Federal Fire 
Prevention and Control Act of 1974 (15 U.S.C. 2229(c)(3)) is amended by 
adding at the end the following:
                    ``(N) To provide specialized training to 
                firefighters, paramedics, emergency medical service 
                workers, and other first responders to recognize 
                individuals who have mental illness and how to properly 
                intervene with individuals with mental illness, 
                including strategies for verbal de-escalation of 
                crisis.''.

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SEC. 4. REAUTHORIZATION OF STAFFING FOR ADEQUATE FIRE AND 
                    EMERGENCY RESPONSE GRANT PROGRAM.

    (a) Sunset.--Section 34(k) of the Federal Fire Prevention and 
Control Act of 1974 (15 U.S.C. 2229a(k)) is amended by striking ``the 
date that is 5 years after the date of the enactment of the Fire Grants 
Reauthorization Act of 2012'' and inserting ``September 30, 2024''.
    (b) Authorization of Appropriations.--Section 34(j)(1)(I) of the 
Federal Fire Prevention and Control Act of 1974 (15 U.S.C. 
2229a(j)(1)(I)) is amended, in the matter preceding clause (i), by 
striking ``2017'' and inserting ``2023''.
    (c) Modification of Application Requirements.--Section 34(b)(3)(B) 
of the Federal Fire Prevention and Control Act of 1974 (15 U.S.C. 
2229a(b)(3)(B)) is amended by striking ``of subsection (a)(1)(B)(ii) and 
(F)'' and inserting ``of subsection (a)(1)(F)''.
    (d) Modification of Limitation.--Section 34(c)(2) of the Federal 
Fire Prevention and Control Act of 1974 (15 U.S.C. 2229a(c)(2)) is 
amended by striking ``prior to the date of enactment of this section'' 
and inserting ``prior to the date of the application for the grant''.
    (e) Modification of Waiver Authority.--Section 34(d)(1)(B) of the 
Federal Fire Prevention and Control Act of 1974 (15 U.S.C. 
2229a(d)(1)(B)) is amended by striking ``subsection (a)(1)(E) or 
subsection (c)(2)'' and inserting ``subsection (a)(1)(E), (c)(2), or 
(c)(4)''.
    (f) Expansion of Staffing For Adequate Fire and Emergency Response 
Grant Program; Repeal of Authority for Certain Use of Grant Amounts 
Transferred to Assistance to Firefighters Grants Program.--Section 
34(a)(1)(B) of the Federal Fire Prevention and Control Act of 1974 (15 
U.S.C. 2229a(a)(1)(B)) is amended--
            (1) by inserting ``or to change the status of part-time or 
        paid-on-call (as defined in section 33(a)) firefighters to full-
        time firefighters'' after ``firefighters''; and
            (2) by striking ``and to provide'' and all that follows 
        through ``of crises''.
SEC. 5. <<NOTE: 15 USC 2229 note.>>  TRAINING ON ADMINISTRATION OF 
                    FIRE GRANT PROGRAMS.

    (a) In General.--The Administrator of the Federal Emergency 
Management Agency, acting through the Administrator of the United States 
Fire Administration, may develop and make widely available an 
electronic, online training course for members of the fire and emergency 
response community on matters relating to the administration of grants 
under sections 33 and 34 of the Federal Fire Prevention and Control Act 
of 1974 (15 U.S.C. 2229 and 2229a).
    (b) Requirements.--The Administrator of the Federal Emergency 
Management Agency shall ensure that any training developed and made 
available under subsection (a) is--
            (1) tailored to the financial and time constraints of 
        members of the fire and emergency response community; and
            (2) accessible to all individuals in the career, 
        combination, paid-on-call, and volunteer fire and emergency 
        response community.

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SEC. 6. <<NOTE: Fraud. 22 USC 2229 note.>>  FRAMEWORK FOR 
                    OVERSIGHT AND MONITORING OF THE ASSISTANCE TO 
                    FIREFIGHTERS GRANTS PROGRAM, THE FIRE 
                    PREVENTION AND SAFETY GRANTS PROGRAM, AND THE 
                    STAFFING FOR ADEQUATE FIRE AND EMERGENCY 
                    RESPONSE GRANT PROGRAM.

    (a) <<NOTE: Deadline.>>  Framework.--Not later than 90 days after 
the date of enactment of this Act, the Administrator of the Federal 
Emergency Management Agency, acting through the Administrator of the 
United States Fire Administration, shall develop and implement a grant 
monitoring and oversight framework to mitigate and minimize risks of 
fraud, waste, abuse, and mismanagement relating to the grants programs 
under sections 33 and 34 of the Federal Fire Prevention and Control Act 
of 1974 (15 U.S.C. 2229 and 2229a).

    (b) Elements.--The framework required under subsection (a) shall 
include the following:
            (1) <<NOTE: Guidance.>>  Developing standardized guidance 
        and training for all participants in the grant programs 
        described in subsection (a).
            (2) <<NOTE: Assessments.>>  Conducting regular risk 
        assessments.
            (3) <<NOTE: Reviews.>>  Conducting desk reviews and site 
        visits.
            (4) Enforcement actions to recoup potential questionable 
        costs of grant recipients.
            (5) Such other oversight and monitoring tools as the 
        Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency 
        considers necessary to mitigate and minimize fraud, waste, 
        abuse, and mismanagement relating to the grant programs 
        described in subsection (a).

    Approved January 3, 2018.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY--H.R. 4661:
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CONGRESSIONAL RECORD, Vol. 163 (2017):
            Dec. 18, considered and passed House.
            Dec. 21, considered and passed Senate.

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