44 CFR 206.164 - Disaster legal services.

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§ 206.164 Disaster legal services.
(a) Legal services, including legal advice, counseling, and representation in non fee-generating cases, except as provided in paragraph (b) of this section, may be provided to low-income individuals who require them as a result of a major disaster. For the purpose of this section, low-income individuals means those disaster victims who have insufficient resources to secure adequate legal services, whether the insufficiency existed prior to or results from the major disaster. In cases where questions arise about the eligibility of an individual for legal services, the Regional Administrator or his/her representative shall make a determination.
(b) Disaster legal services shall be provided free to such individuals. Fee-generating cases shall not be accepted by lawyers operating under these regulations. For purposes of this section, a fee-generating case is one which would not ordinarily be rejected by local lawyers as a result of its lack of potential remunerative value. Where any question arises as to whether a case is fee-generating as defined in this section, the Regional Administrator or his/her representative, after any necessary consultation with local or State bar associations, shall make the determination. Any fee-generating cases shall be referred by the Regional Administrator or his/her representative to private lawyers, through existing lawyer referral services, or, where that is impractical or impossible, the Regional Director may provide a list of lawyers from which the disaster victim may choose. Lawyers who have rendered voluntary legal assistance under these regulations are not precluded from taking fee-generating cases referred to them in this manner while in their capacity as private lawyers.
(c) When the Regional Administrator determines after any necessary consultation with the State Coordinating Officer, that implementation of this section is necessary, provision of disaster legal services may be accomplished by:
(1) Use of volunteer lawyers under the terms of appropriate agreements;
(2) Use of Federal lawyers, provided that these lawyers do not represent an eligible disaster victim before a court or Federal agency in a matter directly involving the United States, and further provided that these lawyers do not act in a way which will violate the standards of conduct of their respective agencies or departments;
(3) Use of private lawyers who may be paid by the Federal Emergency Management Agency when the Regional Administrator has determined that there is no other means of obtaining adequate legal assistance for qualified disaster victims; or
(4) Any other arrangement the Regional Administrator deems appropriate.
The Assistant Administrator for the Disaster Assistance Directorate shall coordinate with appropriate Federal agencies and the appropriate national, state and local bar associations, as necessary, in the implementation of the disaster legal services programs.
(d) In the event it is necessary for FEMA to pay lawyers for the provision of legal services under these regulations, the Regional Administrator, in consultation with State and local bar associations, shall determine the amount of reimbursement due to the lawyers who have provided disaster legal services at the request of the Regional Administrator. At the Regional Administrator 's discretion, administrative costs of lawyers providing legal services requested by him or her may also be paid.
(e) Provision of disaster legal services is confined to the securing of benefits under the Act and claims arising out of a major disaster.
(f) Any disaster legal services shall be provided in accordance with subpart A of these regulations, Non-discrimination in disaster assistance.

Title 44 published on 2013-10-01

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  • 2014-08-07; vol. 79 # 152 - Thursday, August 7, 2014
    1. 79 FR 46190 - Debris Removal: Eligibility of Force Account Labor Straight-Time Costs Under the Public Assistance Program for Hurricane Sandy
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      44 CFR Part 206

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United States Code
U.S. Code: Title 6 - DOMESTIC SECURITY
U.S. Code: Title 42 - THE PUBLIC HEALTH AND WELFARE

§ 5121 - Congressional findings and declarations

§ 5122 - Definitions

§ 5131 - Federal and State disaster preparedness programs

§ 5132 - Disaster warnings

§ 5133 - Predisaster hazard mitigation

§ 5134 - Interagency task force

§ 5141 - Waiver of administrative conditions

§ 5142 - Repealed.

§ 5143 - Coordinating officers

§ 5144 - Emergency support and response teams

§ 5145, 5146 - Repealed.

§ 5147 - Reimbursement of Federal agencies

§ 5148 - Nonliability of Federal Government

§ 5149 - Performance of services

§ 5150 - Use of local firms and individuals

§ 5151 - Nondiscrimination in disaster assistance

§ 5152 - Use and coordination of relief organizations

§ 5153 - Priority to certain applications for public facility and public housing assistance

§ 5154 - Insurance

§ 5154a - Prohibited flood disaster assistance

§ 5155 - Duplication of benefits

§ 5156 - Standards and reviews

§ 5157 - Penalties

§ 5158 - Availability of materials

§ 5159 - Protection of environment

§ 5160 - Recovery of assistance

§ 5161 - Audits and investigations

§ 5162 - Advance of non-Federal share

§ 5163 - Limitation on use of sliding scales

§ 5164 - Rules and regulations

§ 5165 - Mitigation planning

§ 5165a - Minimum standards for public and private structures

§ 5165b - Management costs

§ 5165c - Public notice, comment, and consultation requirements

§ 5165d - Designation of Small State and Rural Advocate

§ 5170 - Procedure for declaration

§ 5170a - General Federal assistance

§ 5170b - Essential assistance

§ 5170c - Hazard mitigation

§ 5171 - Federal facilities

§ 5172 - Repair, restoration, and replacement of damaged facilities

§ 5173 - Debris removal

§ 5174 - Federal assistance to individuals and households

§ 5175 - Repealed.

§ 5176 - Repealed.

§ 5177 - Unemployment assistance

§ 5177a - Emergency grants to assist low-income migrant and seasonal farmworkers

§ 5178 - Repealed.

§ 5179 - Benefits and distribution

§ 5180 - Food commodities

§ 5181 - Relocation assistance

§ 5182 - Legal services

§ 5183 - Crisis counseling assistance and training

§ 5184 - Community disaster loans

§ 5185 - Emergency communications

§ 5186 - Emergency public transportation

§ 5187 - Fire management assistance

§ 5188 - Timber sale contracts

§ 5189 - Simplified procedure

§ 5189a - Appeals of assistance decisions

§ 5189b - Date of eligibility; expenses incurred before date of disaster

§ 5189c - Transportation assistance to individuals and households

§ 5189d - Case management services

§ 5189e - Essential service providers

§ 5191 - Procedure for declaration

§ 5192 - Federal emergency assistance

§ 5193 - Amount of assistance

§ 5195 - Declaration of policy

§ 5195a - Definitions

§ 5195b - Administration of subchapter

§ 5195c - Critical infrastructures protection

§ 5196 - Detailed functions of administration

§ 5196a - Mutual aid pacts between States and neighboring countries

§ 5196b - Contributions for personnel and administrative expenses

§ 5196c - Grants for construction of emergency operations centers

§ 5196d - Use of funds to prepare for and respond to hazards

§ 5196e - Radiological Emergency Preparedness Fund

§ 5196f - Disaster related information services

§ 5197 - Administrative authority

§ 5197a - Security regulations

§ 5197b - Use of existing facilities

§ 5197c - Annual report to Congress

§ 5197d - Applicability of subchapter

§ 5197e - Authorization of appropriations and transfers of funds

§ 5197f - Relation to Atomic Energy Act of 1954

§ 5197g - Federal Bureau of Investigation

§ 5197h - Minority emergency preparedness demonstration program

§ 5201 - Rules and regulations

§ 5202 - Repealed.

§ 5203 - Excess disaster assistance payments as budgetary emergency requirements

§ 5204 - Insular areas disaster survival and recovery; definitions

§ 5204a - Authorization of appropriations for insular areas

§ 5204b - Technical assistance for insular areas

§ 5204c - Hazard mitigation for insular areas

§ 5205 - Disaster grant closeout procedures

§ 5206 - Buy American

§ 5207 - Firearms policies

Title 44 published on 2013-10-01

The following are ALL rules, proposed rules, and notices (chronologically) published in the Federal Register relating to 44 CFR 206 after this date.

  • 2014-08-07; vol. 79 # 152 - Thursday, August 7, 2014
    1. 79 FR 46190 - Debris Removal: Eligibility of Force Account Labor Straight-Time Costs Under the Public Assistance Program for Hurricane Sandy
      GPO FDSys XML | Text
      DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY, Federal Emergency Management Agency
      Final rule.
      This final rule is effective September 8, 2014.
      44 CFR Part 206