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Federal Acquisition Workforce

Role of the Workforce in Emergency Preparation and Response

The acquisition workforce supports emergency responses under the National Response Framework.  The NRF establishes a coordinated, unified response among federal, tribal, state, local agencies as well as non-governmental and volunteer entities who play key roles in preparing for and relief from disasters and emergencies. The acquisition workforce needs to be mindful that the NRF assigns federal agencies the following Emergency Support Functions:

ESF #1:   Transportation
Primary Agency:  Dept of Transportation

ESF#2: Communication
Primary Agency:  Dept of Homeland Security/National Protection and Program/Cybersecurity and Communication/National Communication Systems  

ESF #3: Public Works and Engineering
Dept of Defense/ Army Corps of Engineers

ESF#4: Firefighting
Dept of Agriculture/Forest Service

ESF #5: Emergency Management

ESF #6: Mass Care, Emergency Assistance, Housing and Human Services

ESF #7: Logistic Management and Resource Support
General Services Administration

ESF#8: Public Health and Medical Services
Dept of Human Health Services

ESF #9: Search and Rescue
DHS/ Coast Guard
Dept of Interior/National Park Service
Dept of Defense

ESF#10 Oil and Hazardous Materials Response
Primary Agencies:  EPA
DHS/Coast Guard

ESF#11Agriculture and Natural Resources
Primary Agencies:  Dept of Agriculture
Dept of Interior

ESF#12  Energy
Primary Agency:  Dept of Energy
ESF #13 Public Safety and Security
Primary Agency:  Dept of Justice

ESF #14 Long Term Community Recovery
Primary Agencies:  USDA, DHS, HUD, SBA

Before responding to emergencies, the acquisition workforce should understand the roles and responsibilities for each lead agency to avoid unnecessary duplication of effort (


Hurricane Sandy Hot Topics

FPDS Coding for Hurricane Sandy

GSA has created a National Interest Action (NIA) code in FPDS [Federal Procurement Data System]:
Code: H13S
Short Description: Hurricane Sandy 2013
Description: Hurricane Sandy (SANDY2012) 
Start date: October 28, 2012
End Date: April 29, 2013

Small Business District Offices Affected

Some of the cognizant Small Business Administration (SBA) offices have been affected by Hurricane Sandy and are closed.  SBA is working to make sure emails sent to an affected SBA District Office are automatically forward to John Shoraka, the Associate Administrator for Business Development at SBA.  Therefore, when submitting any offers to the cognizant District Office, agencies should copy BOTH Darryl Hairston at and John Shoraka at  Any questions should be forwarded to Mr. Hairston.

Presidential Disaster Declaration

The President has declared major disasters for those states and counties affected by Hurricane Sandy (  Therefore, the acquisition workforce is reminded of the preference for contracting with local firms through a setasides or through evaluation preferences. (FAR subpart 26.2, Disaster or Emergency Assistance Activities).

Legal Definition of Contingency Contracting Met 

Actions have been taken in support of Hurricane Sandy that meet the legal definition of  “contingency operation” (FAR 2.101). Therefore, the emergency acquisition flexibilities listed in FAR subpart 18.2 are available for use in addition to those existing flexibilities in FAR subpart 18.1.

Federal Acquisition Workforce for hurricane sandy