The Gulf Coast Recovery and Disaster Preparedness Act of 2005 is introduced in the Senate.
On October 6, 2005, Senator Judd Gregg introduced the Gulf Coast Recovery and Disaster Preparedness Act of 2005 (the "Act") that would establish the Gulf Coast Recovery and Disaster Preparedness Agency to rebuild the infrastructure of the Gulf Coast ravaged by the recent wave of hurricanes, including Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita. The legislation proposes to, among other things, establish a director of the Gulf Coast Recovery and Disaster Preparedness Agency, who would be responsible for overseeing the efficient use of federal resources relating to the recovery efforts. According to the legislation, the director would also submit periodic reports to Congress. The reports would detail the progress of the Gulf Coast Recovery and Disaster Preparedness Program, include any findings of fraud or abuse, and outline rebuilding efforts that took place in the previous three months prior to the submission of the report. Also relevant to procurement is Section 7 of the Act, which establishes the Gulf Coast Revitalization Authority. The authority is responsible for developing a comprehensive plan to effectively rebuild and improve the public infrastructure of the Gulf Coast region affected by the recent hurricanes. According to the Act, that comprehensive plan must address the following areas identified as necessary for the revitalization of the Gulf Coast: (1) water management, (2) environmental restoration, (3) transportation, (4) ports, (5) housing, (6) schools, (7) hospitals, (8) utility infrastructure, (9) employment and training, and (10) other public facilities. (S. 1863)
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|Date:||Dec 1, 2005|
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