Federal Emergency Management Agency, Emergency Preparedness and Response Directorate, Department of Homeland Security.
FEMA gives notice that the coverage amount for Group Flood Insurance Policies issued by the IFG Program for disasters declared on or before October 14, 2002 is increased.
October 1, 2003.Start Further Info
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Berl Jones, Recovery Division, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Washington, DC 20472, (202) 646-4235.End Further Info End Preamble Start Supplemental Information
44 CFR 61.17 sets the amount of coverage under a Group Flood Insurance Policy (GFIP). Although the current version of § 61.17 sets this amount as equivalent to the maximum grant amount established under section 408 of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, (42 U.S.C. 5174,) prior to October 15, 2002, this regulation set the amount of coverage as equivalent to the maximum grant amount under the Individual and Family Grant (IFG) program under section 411 of the Stafford Act (42 U.S.C. 5178,) see 67 FR 61462, Sept. 30, 2002. Section 411 was repealed as of October 15, 2002. Because FEMA's policy is to apply regulations in force on the date of a disaster declaration to all assistance provided during that disaster (which in this case is also the time that the policies were issued), we will set the coverage for GFIP based upon the same criteria used to adjust the maximum IFG grant amount under section 411 for GFIP polices issued for those disasters declared prior to the repeal of section 411. Since section 411 has been repealed this adjustment is made solely for purposes of establishing the GFIP coverage amount for policies issues for Start Printed Page 24179disasters declared on or before October 14, 2002.
The Stafford Act prescribed for the annual adjustment of grants made under Section 411, IFG Program, to reflect changes in the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers published by the Department of Labor. If the IFG program were still in effect, the maximum grant amount for the IFG Program under Section 411 of the Act, would have been increased to $15,300 for fiscal year 2004. As a result the coverage amount for GFIP is adjusted to $15,300.
FEMA bases the adjustments on an increase in the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers of 2.2 percent for the 12-month period ended in August 2003. The Bureau of Labor Statistics of the U.S. Department of Labor released the information on September 18, 2003.
(Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance No. 97.035, Individual and Family Grant Program.)Start Signature
Dated: April 27, 2004.
Michael D. Brown,
Under Secretary, Emergency Preparedness and Response, Department of Homeland Security.
[FR Doc. 04-9983 Filed 4-30-04; 8:45 am]
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