Economic Development, Public Buildings and Emergency Management

The Subcommittee conducts oversight of programs addressing the federal management of emergencies and natural disasters, including the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Department of Homeland Security’s other disaster management responsibilities; the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Assistance Act and its mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery programs; the Post-Katrina Emergency Management Reform Act; and several first responder programs.

The Subcommittee has jurisdiction over agencies and programs promoting economic development in communities suffering economic distress, such as the Economic Development Administration, the Appalachian Regional Commission, and several other commissions.

The Subcommittee also is responsible for oversight of public buildings, federal real estate programs and the Public Buildings Service (PBS) of the General Services Administration (GSA), which is the civilian landlord of the federal government.

Issues and agencies under the jurisdiction of the Economic Development, Public Buildings and Emergency Management Subcommittee include:

  • The Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (Stafford Act) and the federal management of emergencies and disasters
  • Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
  • Federal Protective Service of the Department of Homeland Security
  • Economic Development Administration (EDA)
  • Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC)
  • Denali Commission
  • Delta Regional Authority (DRA)
  • Northern Great Plains Regional Authority
  • Southeast Regional Commission
  • Northeast Regional Commission
  • Southwest Border Regional Commission
  • Facilities of the Smithsonian Institution
  • Public Buildings Service (PBS) activities including leasing, planning, site and design, construction, acquisition and renovation of public buildings, courthouses, and border facilities
  • Infrastructure of the Capitol Complex and use of the Capitol Grounds
  • Facilities of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
  • Facilities of the National Gallery of Art
  • Facilities of the National Building Museum
  • International Center for Foreign Chanceries
  • Union Station Redevelopment
  • Judiciary Centers
  • Measures relating to the location, use, accessibility, energy conservation, security, health and safety, transfer or exchange of federal buildings
  • Naming of federal buildings and courthouses


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