The Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery provides oversight to all facets of the State’s recovery from Hurricane Irene (2011), Tropical Storm Lee (2011) and Superstorm Sandy (2012). It is also the direct administrator of the State’s $4 billion allocation of Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
After the devastation caused by the storms of 2011 and 2012, the State of New York needed CDBG-DR subject matter expertise, and policy advisory services to assist with program development decisions. The State also had immediate and ongoing needs for reporting and analytics support including a portal/dashboard for reporting and transparency.
GCR provided subject matter experts in CDBG-DR and other federal disaster recovery programs to support the recovery. GCR led several major initiatives – operational development, HUD regulations compliance, disaster recovery processes, reporting needs, and operational needs assessments. Specifically, GCR directed the following assignments:
• Advising the State on policy, program development and implementation based on best practices and HUD regulations
• Developing protocol and process for the Action Plan and Action Plan Amendments
• Developing policies and procedures for programmatic requirements
Providing guidance on budget allocations, projections and rules based on HUD expenditure allowances and requirements
• Providing technical assistance to housing, economic development and infrastructure programs
• Providing technical assistance to compliance and monitoring, program teams; tools for project applications, environmental review and compliance; and monitoring tools
• Developing protocols to determine program effectiveness, and assisting in developing solutions to address programs findings
Successes/Outcomes: Programs were in compliance with HUD regulations and guidelines and HUD approved all Action Plan Amendments and waiver requests, drafted by GCR. GCR provided senior level management to Housing operations and the Small Business program, and completed the GOSR Funding Portal a reporting and data management tool for the state.