Disaster Unemployment Assistance

The Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) Program supports the NPG Mission Area of Recovery and the specific capability target of Economic Recovery.

DUA accomplishes this by providing temporary benefits to individuals whose employment or self-employment has been lost or interrupted as a direct
result of a major disaster and who are not eligible for regular unemployment insurance (UI).

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Office - See Regional Agency Offices.

See Appendix IV of the Catalog for a listing of addresses for FEMA's Regional Offices.
Website Address

http://www.fema.gov




Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: 13 grants 2,395 disaster survivors. Fiscal Year 2017: 13 grants 2,395 disaster survivors. Fiscal Year 2018: 13 grants 2,395 disaster survivors.

Uses and Use Restrictions

The Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) program provides weekly benefits and re-employment assistance services to individuals unemployed as a direct result of a Presidentially-declared major disaster that includes Individual Assistance.

Funds are used for benefit payments to individuals and project administrative costs to States.

DUA weekly benefits and re-employment assistance require proof of employment eligibility, proof of employment or self-employment to assist in determining a Weekly Benefit Amount (WBA).

Aliens must prove they are 'qualified aliens' (as determined by the Immigration and Naturalization Service) in order to be eligible to receive a federal public benefit.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

The State Workforce Agency (SWA) applies for Disaster Unemployment Assistance funds to provide to eligible beneficiaries.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Refer to program guidance.

Credentials/Documentation

FEMA Disaster Assistance Regulations 44 CFR Part 206.141 and the DOL Regulations at 20 CFR Part 625. This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

The State Governor makes a request for a Presidential declaration of a major disaster through the appropriate FEMA Regional Administrator having jurisdiction over the State.

Requests for assistance must be made by the Governor in accordance with FEMA Disaster Assistance Regulations, 44 CFR 206.

An applicant should consult the office or officials designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.

12372.

Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. An applicant should consult the office or officials designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.

Award Procedures

FEMA provides funding to the Department of Labor, which administers the DUA program on FEMA's behalf. Individual applicants for DUA assistance must apply through their local SWA.

Deadlines

Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.

Authorization

Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, Section 410, Public Law 93-288.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

In general, individual applications are approved or denied within 1 to 2 weeks. Generally, applications for DUA must be filed within 30 days after the date of the SWA announcement regarding availability of DUA. When applicants have good cause, they may file claims after the 30-day deadline. However, no initial application will be considered if filed after the 26th week following the declaration date.

Appeals

Appeals must be filed in accordance with DOL Regulation 20 CFR Part 625.

Renewals

Not Applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program. Matching requirements are not applicable to this program. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

DUA may be paid from the period beginning with the first week (as defined in State law) following the date the major disaster began, and extending up through, but no longer than, the 26th week following the Presidential major disaster declaration date. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Payment based on Project need.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

The State Workforce Agency submits reports when requesting additional funding and at the close of the DUA program.

Closeout reports must include the ETA 9130 and a narrative.

Refer to Department of Labor DUA Handbook.

Refer to program guidance.

Refer to program guidance.

Refer to program guidance.

Refer to program guidance.

Audits

In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503.

Records

Record retention in accordance with DOL Regulation 20 CFR Part 625.

Financial Information

Account Identification

70-0702-0-1-453.

Obigations

(Direct Payments for Specified Use) FY 16 $3,013,865; FY 17 est $3,315,251; and FY 18 est $3,646,776

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

No Data Available.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

FEMA Regulations at 44 CFR 206.8, 44 CFR 206.141, and DOL Regulations at 20 CFR Part 625.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices. See Appendix IV of the Catalog for a listing of addresses for FEMA's Regional Offices.

Headquarters Office

Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) 500 C Street, SW, Sixth Floor, Washington, District of Columbia 20472-3100 Phone: (202) 212-1117

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Not Applicable.


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