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Under the provisions of the Stafford Act, the FCO is the overall coordinator of the disaster relief effort on behalf of the President. The FCO provides the overall operational priorities to the JFO ERT and the Section Chiefs to develop and implement actions to meet the FCO direction. Although the FCO may direct the issuance of specific mission assignments, generally the Operations Section Chief translates direction from the FCO or requests for Federal assistance from the State into the mission assignments. In all cases, the FCO represents the FEMA Administrator in the field to discharge all FEMA responsibilities for the response and recovery efforts underway. For Stafford Act events. and if the Secretary has not appointed a PFO, the FCO is the primary Federal representative with whom State and local officials interface to determine the most urgent needs and set objectives for an effective response in collaboration with the Unified Coordination Group.

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