On March 15, 2013, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development and Related Agencies held a hearing, “Sandy Disaster Relief and Recovery.”
The hearing’s witnesses were:
John Porcari, Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of Transportation;
Fred Tombar, Senior Advisor for Disaster Programs, HUD; and
Marion McFadden, Chief Operating Officer and Leader Counsel for the Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Taskforce, HUD.
Many of the questions were related to the $16 billion in disaster Community Development Block Grant (CDBG-DR) dollars provided by the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act of 2013. HUD has thus far allocated $5.4 billion of the CDBG-DR dollars appropriated, which can be used for Sandy-related unmet needs, as well as unmet needs from other disasters in calendar years 2011 and 2012.
Mr. Tombar said in his testimony that this allocation “represents the fastest ever allocation following the signing of an appropriations bill.” He also said that the next round of allocations should be announced in two to three weeks.