Administrative Services Bureau

Overview

The DHSEM Administrative Services Bureau (ASB) oversees the department’s finances and works to connect New Mexico’s communities with funding opportunities, generally from the federal government. To that end, ASB provides both administrative and technical support to city, county, and tribal partners, helping these communities understand federal requirements, assemble application materials, and respond to additional requests from federal agencies.

Some of the largest grants that ASB processes in a given year include the Emergency Management Performance Grant (EMPG), the Hazardous Material Emergency Preparedness Grant (HMEP) Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC), Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA), the Homeland Security Grant Program (HSGP), and the Non-Profit Security Grant Program (NSGP), among others.

From FY15 to FY20, ASB processed an average of $42 million in community disbursements each year. These grants benefited roughly 228 entities, including:

  • all 33 of New Mexico’s counties
  • 22 tribal entities
  • 49 cities, towns, and villages
  • 124 other groups, including acequias, land grants, and other NM departments

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, ASB has also processed a substantial amount of federal funding through FEMA’s Public Assistance Program, which provides funds to governments and certain non-profits for testing, planning, the purchase of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), and other functions that protect lives and prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Combining the Public Assistance Program and DHSEM’s typical duties, ASB processed and distributed more than $100 million across New Mexico in FY21.