Summary: H.R.6785 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)All Information (Except Text)

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Introduced in House (05/08/2020)

FEMA Tribal Coordinator Act

This bill requires the President to appoint a tribal response coordinating officer immediately following the declaration of a multi-state major disaster or emergency.

The duties of such officer shall include

  • conducting an assessment of relief most urgently needed in consultation with all affected Indian tribal governments;
  • in the case of a public health emergency, working with the Indian Health Service to conduct outreach to tribally operated health programs to assess needs;
  • establishing a liaison within each Bureau of Indian Affairs Regional Office and each Indian Health Service Area Office;
  • coordinating administration of relief to Indian tribal governments and tribal healthcare providers (including, in the event of a public health emergency, distributions from the Strategic National Stockpile, and establishing a single point of contact for tribal requests for assistance); and
  • coordinating assistance with submission of reimbursement requests and grant applications.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) shall consider a request from an Indian tribal government in the same manner as a request from a state.