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Legislative & Government Affairs

DEMA’s Legislative & Government Affairs is the central point of contact for Legislative and Congressional engagement and policy development relating to the activities of the agency, consisting of the Arizona National Guard (Air, Army, Joint Task Force), Arizona Division of Emergency Management, and Division of Administrative Services.  In addition to these critical communication and policy missions, Legislative & Government Affairs also ensures compliance with state statutory requirements, including the Annual Report, Budgetary, and Strategic Planning requirements.

Annual Report

Per A.R.S. § 26-102(C)(10), DEMA is required to submit an annual report to the Governor, the President of the Senate, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives detailing the activities of the Department for the proceeding year, including the strength and condition of the Arizona National Guard.  The information for this report is compiled throughout the fiscal year, and submitted as required by September 1 of each year.  Included in DEMA’s Annual Report is another statutory reporting requirement for the Governor’s Emergency Fund.

Budget & Planning Submissions

Arizona Laws 2016, Chapter 115, mandates that all agency budget and planning submissions be posted to each agency’s website. 

  • Preliminary Budget Submission  This budget submission is a preliminary budget request by the Department of Emergency and Military Affairs for the upcoming fiscal year. The preliminary budget request does not necessarily reflect the contents of the Executive Budget Proposal or budget allocations determined during the legislative process.
  • Strategic Planning  Strategic planning is a participatory process defining a model for Arizona's state government. A.R.S. § 35-122 requires the director of each annual budget unit to develop a Five-Year Strategic Plan that considers the needs and expectations of customers, stakeholders, and policy makers in defining agency goals. DEMA's Strategic Plan can be downloaded here. In addition, as part of their budget submission, state agencies submit their strategic issues, mission statement, description, performance measures and funding which is included in the Master List of Programs. The Master List provides an inventory of the programs and subprograms of the Executive, Legislative, and Judicial branches. This collection of strategic planning information lays a foundation to make government more understandable for the public, improve productivity and customer service, and strengthen accountability for results.

Statutes and Administrative Rules

DEMA's authorizing statutes and administrative rules can be found in the resources below.

Mission Brief

The DEMA Mission Brief is a communication tool that provides a detailed overview of the current status of our great organization and explains the unique capabilities and services provided by DEMA to the citizens of Arizona in three distinct roles: community, state and federal.