The Subcommittee is an ad hoc subcommittee, meaning "for this purpose." Ad Hoc committees are created for a single issue, and are disbanded after the issue is resolved. The Ad Hoc Subcommittee on Disaster Recovery was formed after the disaster of Hurricane Katrina.
The Subcommittee's jurisdiction as stated by the Senate Rules is:
Recovery provisions of the Robert T. Stafford Act and the Long-Term Community Recovery and Mitigation Annex (ESF-14) of the National Response Plan;
Coordination of the long-term recovery plans, activities, and mitigation provided by all federal agencies, nongovernmental organizations, the private sector, and State and local governments;
National disaster recovery strategy and national disaster housing strategy; and
Coordination of data sharing regarding recovery issues between federal agencies, state and local governments, nongovernmental organizations, and the private sector.