This Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) independent training course manual from the Emergency Management Institute (EMI) is designed to promote basic understanding of the Defense Priorities and Allocations System (DPAS). A more advanced course provides detailed information on DPAS implementation. Upon completion of this course, you will be able to describe:
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* How DPAS supports timely procurement of materials and services.
* How program officials use DPAS.
* Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and contractor responsibilities under DPAS.
* Procedures for placing priority-rated contracts and orders (“rated orders”).
* Limitations on use of rated orders.
* Procedures for resolving DPAS issues.
In this course, you’ll learn: DPAS supports the timely delivery of critical materials and services to meet program requirements through the use of priority-rated contracts and orders. DPAS has some limitations and may not be used to procure certain types of materials and services. Delivery problems for DPAS rated orders can be resolved through Special Priorities Assistance.
The statutory authority for DPAS is Section 101(a) of the Defense Production Act of 1950 (50 U.S. Code (U.S.C.) App. Sec. 2061, et seq.) (DPA), which authorizes the President to require priority performance of contracts or orders deemed necessary or appropriate to promote the national defense over any other contracts and orders. To ensure such priority, the President can require acceptance and performance of these contracts and orders by any person found capable of their performance.
Section 702(14) of the DPA defines the term “national defense” to mean programs for military and energy production or construction, military or critical infrastructure assistance to any foreign nation, homeland security, stockpiling, space, and any directly related activity. The term also includes emergency preparedness activities conducted pursuant to title VI of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, As Amended (Stafford Act) and critical infrastructure protection and restoration.
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