Economic Development, Public Buildings and Emergency Management

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Ranking Member

John Katko (R-NY)

Rep. John Katko has been a Member of the Committee since he was first elected to Congress in 2014, and he was selected to serve as Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management Subcommittee Ranking Member in February 2020. Before coming to Congress, he served as a Senior Trial Attorney at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. For the next 20 years, he was an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), working with the DOJ’s Criminal Division, Narcotics & Dangerous Drug Section, and spending time as a Senior Trial Attorney on the U.S.-Mexico border in El Paso, Texas and in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He also served as a federal organized crime prosecutor in Syracuse, NY, leading high-level narcotics federal prosecutions. For more information about Ranking Member Katko, click here.

Subcommittee Jurisdiction:

The Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management conducts oversight of programs addressing the federal management of emergencies and natural disasters, including the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Department of Homeland Security’s other disaster management responsibilities; the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Assistance Act and its mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery programs; the Post-Katrina Emergency Management Reform Act; the Sandy Recovery Improvement Act; and several first responder programs.

The Subcommittee has jurisdiction over public buildings, federal real estate programs and the Public Buildings Service (PBS) of the General Services Administration (GSA), which is the civilian landlord of the federal government. This includes the authorization and oversight of planning, site and design, construction, acquisition, and renovation of public buildings, courthouses, and border facilities, and the leasing of space for federal employees.

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The Subcommittee also has jurisdiction over agencies and programs promoting economic development in communities suffering economic distress, such as the Economic Development Administration, the Appalachian Regional Commission, the Denali Commission, and several other commissions.

Issues and agencies under the jurisdiction of the Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management Subcommittee include:

  • The Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (Stafford Act) and the federal management of emergencies and disasters
  • Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
  • Federal Protective Service of the Department of Homeland Security
  • Economic Development Administration (EDA)
  • Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC)
  • Denali Commission
  • Delta Regional Authority (DRA)
  • Northern Great Plains Regional Authority
  • Southeast Regional Commission
  • Northeast Regional Commission
  • Southwest Border Regional Commission
  • Facilities of the Smithsonian Institution
  • Public Buildings Service (PBS) activities including leasing, planning, site and design, construction, acquisition and renovation of public buildings, courthouses, and border facilities
  • Infrastructure of the Capitol Complex and use of the Capitol Grounds
  • Facilities of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
  • Facilities of the National Gallery of Art
  • Facilities of the National Building Museum
  • International Center for Foreign Chanceries
  • Union Station Redevelopment
  • Judiciary Centers
  • Measures relating to the location, use, accessibility, energy conservation, security, health and safety, transfer or exchange of federal buildings
  • Naming of federal buildings and courthouses
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