Sep 30, 2020
In Puerto Rico's post-hurricane reconstruction, the 78 municipal governments will be responsible for an estimated $4 billion in reconstruction funds and will need to manage complex projects while coordinating with the government of Puerto Rico and federal government. The authors recommend ways to target federal and Puerto Rico government technical assistance where it is needed most to help the municipalities in their reconstruction efforts.
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Successful reconstruction in Puerto Rico depends crucially on the administrative, management, and fiscal capacity of Puerto Rico's 78 municipal governments. Municipalities will be responsible for an estimated $4 billion in reconstruction funds and will need to manage complex reconstruction projects while coordinating with the government of Puerto Rico and federal government.
After a decade-long economic crisis, municipalities are dealing with long-standing challenges, including a shrinking population and workforce and economic declines, simultaneously with the unprecedented scale of reconstruction. Many municipal governments lack sufficient capacities, including staff, skills, systems, and experience in conducting damage assessments, submitting funding applications, writing grants, and procuring and overseeing complex contracts. Municipalities have never before faced a reconstruction challenge of this magnitude and must learn how to navigate many complex Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Puerto Rico Central Office of Recovery, Reconstruction, and Resiliency (COR3) processes.
Drawing on best-practice frameworks, available data, interviews with personnel from FEMA and COR3, and case studies of both municipalities and reconstruction projects, the authors analyze municipalities' capacity and needs in four key areas: strategy, management, operations, and finance and administration. They present recommendations to help FEMA and COR3 target scarce resources and technical assistance where they are needed most at the municipal level to support Puerto Rico's overall reconstruction effort—and to help all municipalities build resilience for the next major hurricane or unforeseen natural disaster.
Framework for Assessing Municipal Responsibilities
Relative Municipal Capacities for Reconstruction in Puerto Rico
General Municipal Reconstruction Challenges
Lessons Learned from Other U.S. State and Local Governments in Postdisaster Reconstruction
Recommendations for Supporting Municipal Capacity for Reconstruction in Puerto Rico
Municipal Capacity Indicator Data and Analysis
HSOAC is a federally funded research and development center operated by the RAND Corporation under contract with DHS.