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WHAT’S NEW
IN
MITIGATION
BIG CHANGES in the
FEMA HMA Grant
Programs
Texas Department of Public Safety
Biggert-Waters
Reducing insurance subsidies on
National Floodplain Insurance
Program (NFIP) policies with higher
risks
Combine SRL and RFC grant programs
into FMA
For HMGP - Only projects in the
Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA)
require NFIP participation – no change
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Sandy Recovery Improvement
Act of 2013 (SRIA)
Signed by the President in January
2013
Designed to speed up, streamline,
and reduce the cost of Federal
disaster recovery programs.
Texas Department of Public Safety
Disaster Relief Fund (DRF)
Provides Funding For FEMA:
• Federal Assistance to Individuals
and Households
• Public Assistance
• Hazard Mitigation
• Fire Management Assistance Grants
(FMAGs)
Texas Department of Public Safety
FEMA & State Mitigation
Grant Programs
FY 2014
Texas Water
Development
Board
Texas
Division of
Emergency
Management
FLOOD
GRANTS
ALL
HAZARD
GRANTS
Texas Department of Public Safety
Flood
Mitigation
Assistance
Hazard
Mitigation
Grant
Program
Flood
Protection
Planning
PreDisaster
Mitigation
Congressional Focus
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
Financial Responsibility
Expedite Program Activity
Idle funding
Controversial Projects
Justification of the Program
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CONGRESSIONAL ISSUES
AND FEMA ISSUES –
ARE YOUR ISSUES
BECAUSE….
YOUR FUNDING DEPENDS
ON FEMA APPROVAL!!!
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FACT - Disasters are becoming
more frequent and costly
1. 2011 – 99 presidential, 29 emergency (47
states), 114 F-MAG’s – $7.5 billion
2. 2012 – Sandy alone – 11 states – over
$2.2 billion so far
3. Money is tight and must address this
demand
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Congressional
Direction to FEMA
Here is the
money this
time --- BUT FOCUS ON
OUR ISSUES
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FEMA GOT BUSY
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New FEMA Attitude
JUSTIFY
THE
PROGRAM
TO
CONGRESS
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1. FINANCIAL
RESPONSIBILITY
FEMA DEVELOPS A
MONETARY CONTROL
PROCESS –
STRATEGIC FUNDS
MANAGEMENT (SFM)
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SFM TOOL
FEMA SPEND PLAN
Monthly estimate of required funding
planned a year in advance for:
• New grant approvals
• Cost overruns
NOTE: the spend plan also provides
funding obligations in smaller
increments on LARGER projects
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THE FEMA SPEND PLAN
FEMA National is
already requiring
justification for
failure to meet
the monthly
spend plan
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SPEND PLAN IMPACTS
1. The Federal fiscal year begins in
October
2. DRF – Immediate Needs Funding
(INF) Emergency operations only
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COST BREAKDOWN REVIEW
Project application budgets:
• Estimate OUT - documentation is in –
EXPECT HIGHER SCRUTINY
• Vocabulary matters!!!!
• Application continuity
• More specific Pre-Award breakdowns
• Cost overruns more difficult
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2. CONGRESS WANTS
EXPEDITED PROGRAM
ACTIVITIES
1. Money on the street faster
2. Shorten the review process
3. Shorter Period of Performance
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NEW RFI GUIDANCE
FEMA RFI Deadlines:
• Mitigation specialist – 30 day
• Branch Chief – 15 day
• Regional Administrator – 30
day
• Denial -> Appeal
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SUB-APPLICANT ACTIVITIES
• Complete well documented
applications
• Higher level of sub-recipient
monitoring on POP
• Closer monitoring of
approved cost line items
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3. IDLE FUNDING
• FY 2011 FEMA began an aggressive
recovery of “idle” funds
• Be prepared to implement your
project or loose your funding
• Faster closeouts of old disasters
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4. Controversy
• Protect Congress from blackeyes
• Updates to FEMA 361
• The most restrictive
interpretation of regulation and
guidance
• Additional OMB review at LPN
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5. Justification
Congress wants program
justification
FEMA wants proof that all
projects are effective in
every way
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Justification
Every number and
statement must
have acceptable
supporting
documentation!
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HMGP Generator Changes
• Stand alone REGULAR projects if
protecting a critical facility
• Portable generators become
eligible under 5% (HMGP only)
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Planning Grant Changes
Mitigation Planning Grants:
• Mitigation Plan
• Related planning activities
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BCA
• FEMA module
• Standard values
• Benefit cost analysis now allows
aggregated benefits from
multiple activities and hazards.
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Engineering Changes
Streamlining – engineering
designs certified by Registered
Professional Engineers as meeting
an identified code satisfy
engineering and technical
feasibility issues
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Acquisition Changes
• Ineligible projects now include the
acquisition of unimproved land
• CBRA and OPA are now eligible in
HMGP
• BCA’s of .75 can now add
environmental and riparian benefits
• Pre-market or current market value
at applicants discretion
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POP Changes
This is HUGE!
FEMA can set POP for annual
grants (2013 PDM – 24 months)
HMGP is 36 months from
application deadline
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SUMMARY
BIG changes in:
•Program intensity
•Project quality
•Documentation
•Timelines
•Funding oversight
Texas Department of Public Safety
TDEM + TWDB + subapplicant + FEMA
must become a TEAM
to be successful!
Texas Department of Public Safety
QUESTIONS?
Hildy Soper
Texas Division of Emergency Management
Mitigation Officer
(512) 424-2454
[email protected]
Texas Department of Public Safety

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