The Pentagon on Thursday announced a $20 million effort to help defray the cost of providing the military contractor hired to operate the Fema National Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) contracted to assist the agency with disaster preparedness.
Under the proposal, the Pentagon will match any contract for services to be provided to the contractors by the State Department or a foreign government.
It also will match a portion of the cost for a foreign agency to provide services to Fema, which was contracted by the Obama administration in 2014.
The new program is being funded through a Defense Department fiscal year 2018 appropriation.
The State Department is also working with the Defense Department to help provide Fema with additional assistance in the wake of the Harvey and Irma disasters.
The department has set up an office of disaster response in Washington, D.C., to assist in the relief effort and will also work with the agency on other crisis response projects.