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Disaster Unemployment Assistance

DUA
Number: 97.034
Agency: Department of Homeland Security

Program Information 

Program Number/Title (010):
97.034 Disaster Unemployment Assistance
Federal Agency (030):
Department of Homeland Security
Authorization (040):
Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, Section 410, Public Law 93-288.
Objectives (050):
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).
Types of Assistance (060):
Project Grants
Uses and Use Restrictions (070):
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 (080)
Applicant Eligibility (081):
The State Workforce Agency (SWA) applies for Disaster Unemployment Assistance funds to provide to eligible beneficiaries.
Beneficiary Eligibility (082):
Refer to program guidance.
Credentials/Documentation (083):
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 OMB Circular No. A-87.
Application and Award Process (090)
Preapplication Coordination (091):
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 (092):
OMB Circular No. A-102 applies to this program. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-110. 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 Procedure (093):
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 (094):
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time (095):
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 (096):
Appeals must be filed in accordance with DOL Regulation 20 CFR Part 625.
Renewals (097):
Not Applicable.
Assistance Consideration (100)
Formula and Matching Requirements (101):
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 (102):
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 (110)
Reports (111):
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 (112):
In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133.
Records (113):
Record retention in accordance with DOL Regulation 20 CFR Part 625.
Financial Information (120)
Obligations (122):
(Direct Payments for Specified Use) FY 12 $12,347,284; FY 13 est $29,371,590; and FY 14 est $30,000,000
Range and Average of Financial Assistance (123):
No Data Available.
Program Accomplishments (130):
Not Applicable.
Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature (140):
FEMA Regulations at 44 CFR 206.8, 44 CFR 206.141, and DOL Regulations at 20 CFR Part 625.
Information Contacts (150)
Regional or Local Office (151) :
See Regional Agency Offices. See Appendix IV of the Catalog for a listing of addresses for FEMA's Regional Offices.
Headquarters Office (152):
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
Website Address (153):
http://www.fema.gov.
Examples of Funded Projects (170):
Not Applicable.
Criteria for Selecting Proposals (180):
Not Applicable.