Jan. 17, 2019
About the webinar: Government spending on natural disasters is on the rise. FEMA’s largest disaster assistance program had eight of its most expensive years in the decade from 2007 to 2016. Congress and the Trump administration are considering ways to control rising costs, but they are doing so without comprehensive data on the contributions made by state governments. To help inform federal efforts, The Pew Charitable Trusts conducted a survey of state emergency management agencies, which found that comprehensive tracking of state expenditures was missing, but better data could help all levels of government more effectively manage the growth in natural disaster spending. Pew’s Colin Foard will present research findings and discuss policy movement on disaster spending at the state and federal levels.
About the presenter: Colin Foard is an associate manager with the Fiscal Federalism Initiative at the Pew Charitable Trusts. The project examines fiscal and policy relationships between the federal government and the states. Colin helps lead the team’s work on natural disaster spending through stakeholder outreach and research design and implementation. Before joining Pew, Colin spent five years as a staff member for a senior member of the U.S. House Appropriations and Budget Committees, handling committee work as well as a broad policy portfolio including homeland security, transportation, housing, and immigration issues. He also served as a congressional constituent caseworker and field representative in Oakland, California. Before his work for the House, he worked as a legal assistant in a criminal defense law firm in the San Francisco Bay Area. Colin has a master’s degree in Latin American Studies with a focus on immigration issues from the University of California, Berkeley, and a bachelor’s degree in Latin American Studies, History, and Spanish from Union College in Schenectady, New York.