Dec 5, 2017 10:00:00 AM

Davis-Bacon: Lessons Learned

The first time I read “Davis-Bacon Labor Standards: A Contractor’s Guide to Prevailing Wage Requirements for Federally-Assisted Construction Projects,” the document review process seemed simple and straightforward. However, after years of reviewing, digging down into the details and reading articles about Davis-Bacon and its origin, it’s not quite as straightforward as one might think.

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Topics: Disaster Recovery, CDBG

Oct 17, 2017 10:30:00 AM

Keep Your Head Above Water

With tropical storms and hurricanes dominating the news—and many of our day-to-day lives—it’s important to think about flood insurance. Hurricane Harvey dumped over 50 inches of rain onto Texas in a short span of time. Hurricane Irma brought rain and storm surge levels that put much of the lower part of the state underwater. You don’t have to look far to see why flood insurance is so vital.

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Topics: Disaster Recovery

Oct 10, 2017 10:30:00 AM

Recovery for the Short and Long Term

CDBG-DR funds serve as a lifeline to survivors of catastrophic events. These programs have measurably improved the quality of life for so many impacted citizens, particularly our most vulnerable residents. Following the wake of the hurricanes that have hit both Texas and Florida, CDBG-DR programs are more crucial than ever, working with disaster relief and aiding people in need of housing, infrastructure, and economic development.

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Topics: Disaster Recovery

Sep 5, 2017 10:00:00 AM

Wherever the Path May Lead

I sit and watch the devastation that Texas is facing and am flooded with emotion. Twelve years ago, I was one of those people I see on television. It’s just so hard to watch. I know what is coming. I know what they will face in terms of trying to pick up the pieces.

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Topics: Disaster Recovery

Aug 28, 2017 4:00:00 PM

The Texas Way

With a resilient job market, great Mexican food, and small-town feel, the Texas Gulf Coast is a great place to call home. According to the Texas Relocation Report, “Texas experienced a net gain of 107,689 out-of-state residents in 2015, a 4 percent increase from 2014.” As a good neighbor should, I welcome you to Friday night lights, longhorns and warm Texas weather. As we native Texans know, with triple digit summer days come hurricanes.

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Topics: Disaster Recovery

Aug 22, 2017 10:00:00 AM

Subrecipient Monitoring and Its Impact on Your Program

When a grantee passes federal funding to a subrecipient who follows through with a project or program, a true partnership is created. Both the grantee and the subrecipient are responsible for proper performance and compliance with the grant activities.

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Topics: CDBG, Disaster Recovery

Jun 13, 2017 11:00:00 AM

Proper Treatment of Activity Delivery Costs That Can't Be Tied to a Final Cost Objective

In the disaster recovery world, costs incurred as a result of implementing and executing allowable CDBG activities are known “Activity Delivery Costs.” These costs are directly attributable to a CDBG project or activity.  These costs are not governed by 24 CFR 570.205-.206 and, therefore, aren’t subject to the 20% cap. According to CPD Notice 13-07, Activity Delivery Costs are treated as part of the total cost for delivering a Final Cost Objective under a CDBG program.

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Topics: Disaster Recovery, CDBG

Feb 28, 2017 10:00:00 AM

Don’t Just Put Out Fires

After a natural disaster strikes, the process of disaster recovery is overwhelming. With so many moving parts and different groups of people involved in building a successful program, recovery can be more than daunting. Case managers, construction workers, project managers, program administrators, government agencies and the damaged homeowners themselves all must effectively coordinate, communicate, and work together to reach the ultimate goal of community rehabilitation.

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Topics: CDBG, Disaster Recovery

Feb 7, 2017 10:00:00 AM

Thrive Instead of Just Survive

Many communities all over the country struggle with being able to provide decent, safe, and sanitary affordable rental housing to their residents. When you have a mission of creating a place for people to flourish, navigating the ins and outs of funding is vital. Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds are often used to acquire, rehabilitate, or construct multi-family rental housing.

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Topics: Disaster Recovery, CDBG

Nov 29, 2016 10:00:00 AM

Compressing the Recovery Timeline

I often take the accomplishments of our team for granted when I know that faster should be possible. It’s not a dissatisfaction with our people or our systems, but an unwillingness to accept that disaster recovery, by nature, takes years when impacted communities need help now.

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Topics: Disaster Recovery

Nov 8, 2016 10:35:39 AM

The Experience You Need

Recently, HUD and the Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued the Fall 2016 Integrity Bulletin entitled "Implementing the Five Key Internal Controls." This bulletin describes the five standards of an effective internal control structure. In it, responsibility is clearly assigned for the control environment to the management that’s overseeing the grant.

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Topics: Disaster Recovery

Oct 25, 2016 12:00:00 PM

But, What If? Are You Prepared If the Unthinkable Happens?

That Could Never Happen To Me. But, what if?

This is a question I have had to ask myself after hearing about recent violent events. I have come to the correct conclusion that I have responsibility for workplace safety and national security. No, I am not a member of law enforcement, branch of the military or Homeland Security. I am however a part of the American Public.

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Topics: Disaster Recovery

Oct 11, 2016 10:00:00 AM

Putting our Money Where our Mouth Is

More and more states and municipalities are wising up when it comes to disaster recovery contractors. More often, governments are in search of safeguards to protect themselves from contractors making big promises and delivering very little follow through. They’re finding these contractors offer low rates but no commitment to the deliverables that matter.

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Topics: Disaster Recovery

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