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AAU, Associations Request Pandemic Relief Funding Guidance From FEMA

AAU yesterday joined ACE and 13 other higher education organizations on a letter to Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Peter Gaynor requesting the agency issue guidance that clarifies how FEMA Public Assistance can be used by public and non-profit colleges and universities to support their critical efforts to protect public health and safety due to the pandemic. The current guidance includes restrictions on reimbursements for personal protective equipment, including a provision that limits funding to a projected 60-day supply. The letter notes that the current guidance has also caused confusion over what claimed costs are included for reimbursements under Category B Emergency Protective Measures, which could make “the vast majority of claimed costs by colleges and universities, as well as other public entities … ineligible.”


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