S. 4599: Disaster Assistance Simplification Act

CBO Score

$36 million

Date of Report

Wed September 21st, 2022

CBO Report Details

Legislation Details

117th Congress

A bill to streamline the sharing of information among Federal disaster assistance agencies, to expedite the delivery of life-saving assistance to disaster survivors, to speed the recovery of communities from disasters, to protect the security and privacy of information provided by disaster survivors, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Sen. Gary Peters — D — MI

Requires the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to improve its website, DisasterAssistance.gov, which provides information for individuals, households, and businesses seeking access to federal disaster assistance. Many federal agencies provide information on the portal about the assistance that is available, but the website only allows applicants to apply for one FEMA program and has limited capacity for information sharing among participating agencies. The bill requires FEMA to streamline the application process by allowing individuals and businesses to apply for all available disaster assistance and to facilitate the sharing of applicant information among participating agencies. Under the bill, the portal would need to meet certain functionality requirements, such as protecting data privacy and facilitating agencies’ ability to detect fraud and discrimination in the administration of assistance programs.

View the full vote history of this bill on GovTrack.us.

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