FEMA Updates Interim Policy on Eligible Public Assistance Federal Cost Sharing

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has issued a new interim policy, Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic: Safe Opening and Operation Work Eligible for Public Assistance. This interim policy supersedes version 1 that was published April 5, 2021.

This updated policy retroactively amends the applicable time period of eligibility to the beginning of the incident period of Jan. 20, 2020, and specifies that work conducted from the beginning of the incident period to Dec. 31, 2021, will be reimbursed at a federal cost share of 100 percent. Work conducted after Dec. 31, 2021, will be subject to the cost share established at that time.

This version of the interim policy maintains the same scope of work as Version 1, which includes COVID-19 diagnostic testing, purchase and distribution of face masks, cleaning and disinfection, screening and temperature scanning, and installation of temporary physical barriers and signage to support social distancing.

Member with questions on the interim policy may contact Renee Smiddy at the MHA.