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No additional materials may be added in second appeal according to the Public Assistance Program Appeals Procedures Manual and Directive from FEMA

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FEMA released Recovery Directorate Manual: Public Assistance Appeals Procedures that sets forth policies, procedures and responsibilities to help institute an organized, consistent and efficient system for responding to appeals within the Public Assistance (PA) Program. FEMA's PA Program provides disaster infrastructure repair or replacement assistance to qualifying state, local and tribal governments, and eligible non-profits. The new manual describes the policies, procedures and responsibilities applicable to the FEMA Public Assistance Appeals Branch (PAAB) and PA Program staff for adjudicating appeals filed by PA applicants. It is designed to create and manage a system for responding to PA Program eligibility disputes. One IAEM member has noted, "the Applicant must fully make their case in the first appeal. Except for extenuating circumstances, additional material may not be added during the second appeal. This is significant, because in the past, applicants often added information that materially changed the facts of a case at the second appeal." more


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