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Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request

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AGENCY:

Federal Emergency Management Agency, Emergency Preparedness and Response Directorate, U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

ACTION:

Notice of emergency clearance request and request for comments.

SUMMARY:

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has submitted a request for emergency processing of two information collection requests to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and clearance under the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (Pub. L. 104-13, 44 U.S.C. 3501, et seq.). FEMA is requesting OMB to review and approve the requests by December 1, 2004. The two information collection requests propose revisions to currently approved collections under OMB control numbers 1660-0071 and 1660-0072, which are used by grantees to apply for and report on eGrant awards and by FEMA to evaluate, award, and monitor expenditures and program/project performance for Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) and the Flood Mitigation Assistant (FMA) program activities.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

The proposed information collection requests, upon approval by OMB, will enable FEMA to open the FY 2005 eGrant application periods for the Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) program and the Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) program, which are essential to FEMA's mission to lead America to prepare for prevent, respond to, and recover from disasters. The PDM grant program is the only source of Federal pre-disaster funding available to States and local governments for hazard mitigation. Hazard mitigation is an ongoing effort to lessen the impact disasters have on people's lives and property through damage prevention measures such as removing homes from the floodplain, engineering buildings and infrastructure to withstand earthquakes, installing safe rooms and retrofitting buildings to withstand high winds from tornadoes or hurricanes. The Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 (Pub. L. 106-390) authorizes and funded the Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) program to provide a continuous source of pre-disaster mitigation funding independent of disaster declarations to assist States and local communities to take actions to reduce the overall risks to populations and to properties from future disasters. The Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) program is an annual program targeted toward reducing flood damages and risks to people and properties. The National Flood Insurance Act of 2004 (Pub. L. 108-264) amended the FMA program by expanding the authorized funds from $20 million to $40 million annually to reduce the risk of floods to the nation's insured properties. Based on comments received from the FY 2003 PDM grant applicants, sub-grant applicants, and participants in the program evaluation and grant award process, FEMA has revised the eGrant application to solicit information that is more relevant to the evaluation of competitive applications for PDM and the evaluation of mitigation proposals in general for both the FMA and PDM programs. Start Printed Page 67750

In addition to program specific changes to the sub-grant application for PDM and FMA eGrants, the information collection requests have been revised to include as part of the eGrant quarterly and final reporting requirement, the financial and performance status reports, outlay reports, property management reports, and closeout reports required of each grant awarded. FEMA encourages the use of the PDM and FMA eGrants application described in this notice; however, applicants may also use the Agency's grant administration paper-based forms currently under OMB control number 1660-0025 to apply.

Information Collection Requests

1. Pre-Disaster Mitigation Program

Title: Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) Program eGrants.

OMB Number: 1660-0071.

Abstract: FEMA uses the PDM program eGrant application, evaluation, and award process to provide Federal grant assistance to grantees (State and federally recognized tribal government) who administer grant awards for sub-grantee applicants (State-level agencies, federally recognized Indian tribal governments, local governments, public colleges and universities, tribal colleges and universities, and regional planning districts and councils of governments). Private-non-profit (PNP) organizations and private colleges and universities are not eligible sub-applicants; however, a relevant State agency or local government may apply to the grant applicant for assistance on their behalf. The grant assistance must be used to develop mitigation plans in accordance with section 322 of the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 to implement pre-disaster mitigation projects that reduce the risks of natural and technological hazards on life and property, and to provide information and technical assistance on cost-effective mitigation activities.

Affected Public: The category of affected public includes State, local and tribal governments.

Number of Responses: 1,176 (Grantees (applicants)—56 States and territories and sub-grantees (sub-applicants)—20 per State or territory.) Sub-applicants submit their eGrant applications to the States to review, coordinate and forward PDM grant applications to FEMA for approval.

Estimated Time per Respondent: FEMA has estimated the burden associated with this information collection request as follows:

Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) Program eGrants—Grant Supplemental Information—Sub-grant applications.

  • Benefit Cost Determination—5 hours per response.
  • Environmental Review—7.5 hours per response.
  • Project Narrative (including PDM Evaluation Information Questions)—12 hours per response.

Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 50,887.

Frequency of Response: On occasion and quarterly.

2. Flood Mitigation Assistance Program

Title: Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) Program eGrants.

OMB Number: 1660-0072.

Abstract: FEMA uses the FMA program eGrant application, evaluation, and award process to provide Federal grant assistance to grantees for three types of grants—Planning, Project, and Technical Assistance. FMA Planning Grants are available to States, National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) participating communities, and Indian tribal governments to prepare Flood Mitigation Plans. FMA Project Grants are available to States, NFIP participating communities, and Indian tribal governments to implement measures to reduce flood losses. Ten percent of the Project Grant is made available to States, NFIP participating communities, Indian tribal governments, and communities in non-participating States as a Technical Assistance Grant. The National Flood Insurance Reform Act (42 U.S.C. 1366), as amended by the Bunning-Bereuter-Blumenauer Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2004, (Pub. L. 108-264) authorizes the Flood Mitigation Assistance program. The FMA program is designed to award grants to States, NFIP participating communities, and Indian tribal governments so that measures can be taken to reduce or eliminate the long-term risk of flood damage to buildings, manufactured homes, and other structures insurable under the National Flood Insurance Program.

FEMA encourages the use of the PDM and FMA eGrants application described in this notice; however, applicants may also use the Agency's grant administration paper-based forms currently under OMB control number 1660-0025 to apply.

Affected Public: The category of affected public includes State, local and tribal governments and not-for-profit institutions.

Number of Responses: 280.

Estimated Time per Respondent: FEMA has estimated the burden associated with this information collection request as follows:

Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) Program eGrants—Grant Supplemental Information—Sub-grant applications.

  • Benefit Cost Determination—5 hours per response.
  • Environmental Review—7.5 hours per response.
  • Project Narrative—12 hours per response.

Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 4,088.

Frequency of Response: On occasion and quarterly.

Comments: Interested persons are invited to submit written comments on the proposed information collection requests to the Office of Management and Budget, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Attention: Desk Officer for the Department of Homeland Security/FEMA at the following e-mail address Michael_A._Sauers@omb.eop.gov or facsimile number (202) 395-7285. We ask that you submit comments not later than December 1, 2004, to ensure consideration of your comments before OMB evaluates and acts on these requests.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Requests for additional information or copies of the information collection requests should be made to Muriel B. Anderson, Section Chief, Records Management, FEMA at 500 C Street, SW., Room 316, Washington, DC 20472, facsimile number (202) 646-3347, or e-mail address FEMA-Information-Collections@dhs.gov.

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Dated: November 12, 2004.

Edward W. Kernan,

Branch Chief, Information Resources Management Branch, Information Technology Services Division.

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[FR Doc. 04-25660 Filed 11-18-04; 8:45 am]

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