The Commission routinely seeks public comments on the substance of its briefings. Our public comment period is 30 days following the date of the hearing or briefing, unless provided otherwise.
On June 25, 2021, the Commission held a virtual public briefing on Civil Rights and Protections in the Federal Response to Hurricanes María and Harvey. The Commission will hold our record open on this project until Monday, July 26, 2021.
Materials and public comments, including any comments that individuals would like to submit anonymously, can be submitted by email to: FEMAbriefing@usccr.gov
The Commission encourages the use of email to provide public comments due to the current COVID-19 pandemic. Comments can also be submitted by mail to:
ATTN: FEMA Briefing
U.S. Commission on Civil Rights
1331 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Suite 1150
Washington, DC 20425
For this project, the Commission seeks to examine compliance efforts with the Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (Stafford Act) and other civil rights obligations in the response to natural disasters. The investigation will focus on the challenges faced by FEMA in providing aid, the lessons learned and how the federal government is developing best practices to address compliance with civil rights commitments when it comes to natural disaster response.
The public comments you provide to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights are collected voluntarily and may be publicly disclosed on the Internet and/or via requests submitted to the Commission under the Freedom of Information Act. By providing public comments you are consenting to their use and consideration by the Commission, and to their public dissemination.