The FEMA grant management process can involve millions of dollars for local governments and it is a process closely bounded by statutes, regulations and precedent. Yet, few, if any, companies that provide disaster grant management services have a lawyer, never mind being owned and operated by one. This means that your claims and issues throughout the disaster process will be viewed through a legal lens that will assist in the maximization of your reimbursement and the virtual elimination of downstream issues and or deobligations with FEMA.
DLC primarily operates by an hourly-fee structure. Even though directed by an attorney, our grant management rates are very competitive and in the lower end of the cost spectrum for the industry. The cost for direct legal services from Mr. Ettore directly will be higher and can be negotiated as needed.
One of the best advantages of working with DLC is that as a lawyer providing a legal service, no formal procurement or solicitation is necessary to contract with us under Florida law [see §287.057(1)(e)4.]. So, we can be hired immediately to assist with your FEMA grant management issues. While FEMA regulations may eventually require a formal solicitation to ensure the full recovery of Direct Administrative Costs, the direct hire of DLC is appropriate and legal under Florida law.