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Rebuild Puerto Rico Contracting Initiative

Justice for Puerto Rico Recovery -- Training & Best Practices

Posted February 4, 2018

Your support will have a direct impact on Puerto Rico’s recovery. FEMA has awarded over $1 billion in contracts to the private sector for the delivery of life sustaining resources like food, water, medicine, and shelter. However, the overwhelming majority of these funds have been awarded to companies with little or no experience in disaster aid or the unique challenges of serving Puerto Rico. The Government of Puerto Rico sponsored a conference in December 2018 to develop the capacity of small business to win Federal contracts. Our team provided technical assistance in support of a legal clinic at the conference in which law students we recruited from the University of Puerto Rico provided one-on-one assistance to small business owners. Now, we are seeking ongoing assistance to build on the success of the December 2018 conference. The first step will be to connect with our law school volunteers and clinic participants to develop online tools that disseminate our technical assistance materials to a wider audience. Volunteers are sought with experience in online community development or Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR). For volunteers without FAR experience we can provide mentorship by top national experts. Bilingual/Spanish language helpful, but not mandatory.

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Additional Information

  • Time Commitment: 21+ hours
  • Training Provided: Yes
  • Additional Training Details: Project coordinator will provide training information
  • Site-Preference: Remote
  • Bar License(s) required: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachussets, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming
  • Required Languages: None
  • Mentoring Provided: Yes
  • Supervision Provided: Yes
Rebuild Puerto Rico Contracting Initiative

FEMA has awarded over $1 billion in contracts to the private sector for the delivery of life sustaining resources like food, water, medicine, and shelter. However, the majority of these funds have been awarded to companies with little or no experience in disaster aid or the unique challenges of serving Puerto Rico. As a result, aid is not reaching people in need. Our team has developed a strategy to ensure FEMA contracts deliver results -- and small business in Puerto Rico has a chance to have a leading role in recovery.

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