DOF Notifies Legislature of DREOA Extension to Support COVID-19 Response

This week, the Department of Finance (DOF) notified legislative budget leaders of the Newsom Administration’s intent to extend use of the state’s Disaster Response-Emergency Operations Account (DREOA) for COVID-19-related emergency operations costs for an additional 120 days. In a memo to the legislature, the DOF highlights the Newsom Administration’s ongoing response efforts to the pandemic, including activities related to vaccine distribution, hospital and medical surge capacity, and other emergency response functions.

The full DOF memo on the 120-day DREOA extension is available here.

In related news, the DOF also notified legislative budget leaders of the Newsom Administration’s intent to use up to $28 million from the Rapid Response Fund for COVID-19 shelter and other service needs for newly arriving migrants from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Migrant Protections Protocols (MPP) program at the Port of Entry at San Ysidro, California, in San Diego County. The funding is anticipated to cover quarantine and isolation shelter, wraparound services, medical screenings and care, and other state operations costs.