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AGENCY:

Federal Emergency Management Agency, DHS.

ACTION:

Notice; 60-day notice and request for comments; Extension of a currently approved collection 1660-0025, Standard Forms: SF-LLL, SF-424, SF-270, FEMA Forms: 20-10, 20-15, 20-16A,B,C, 20-17, 20-18, 20-19, 20-20, and 76-10A.

SUMMARY:

The Federal Emergency Management Agency, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, invites the general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on a proposed continuing Start Printed Page 11129information collection. In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice seeks comments concerning the forms used to collect financial, programmatic and administrative information from States and local governments pertaining to grant and cooperative agreement.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

This information is provided in accordance with the requirements in 44 CFR part 13, Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Cooperative Agreements to State and Local Government (subpart B 13.10, and subpart C 13.32, 13.33, 13.40, 13.41, and subpart D 13.50). This is FEMA implementation of the Common Rule for grants.

Collection of Information

Title: FEMA Grant Administration Forms.

Type of Information Collection: Extension of a currently approved collection.

OMB Number: 1660-0025.

Form Numbers: SF-424, Application for Federal Assistance, FEMA Form 20-20, Budget Information, FEMA Form 20-15, Budget Information—Construction, FEMA Form 20-16,A,B,C, Summary Sheet for Assurances and Certifications, SF LLL, Disclosure of Lobbying Activities, FEMA Form 76-10A, Obligating Document for Award/Amendment, FEMA Form 20-10, Financial Status Report and Performance Reports, FEMA Form 20-17, Outlay Report and Request for Reimbursement for Construction Program, FEMA Form 20-18, Report of Government Property, FEMA Form 20-19, Reconciliation of Grants and Cooperative Agreements, and SF 270 Request for Advance or Reimbursement.

Abstract: This collection of information focuses on the standardization and consistent use of standard and FEMA forms associated with grantees requests for disaster and non-disaster Federal assistance, submission of financial and administrative reporting and record keeping. The use of the forms will minimize burden on the respondent and enable FEMA to continue to improve in its grants administration practices. The forms are used to administer the following FEMA grant programs.

National Urban Search and Rescue (US&R) Response System—To develop an immediately deployable, national response capability to locate and extricate, and medically stabilize victims of structural collapse during a disaster, while simultaneously enhancing the US&R response capabilities of State and local governments.

Community Assistance Program-State Support Services Element (CAP-SSSE)—To ensure that communities participating in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) are achieving flood loss reduction measures consistent with program direction. The CAP-SSSE is intended to identify, prevent and resolve floodplain management issues in participating communities before they develop into problems requiring enforcement action.

Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program (CSEPP)—To enhance emergency preparedness capabilities of the States and local communities at each of the eight chemical agent stockpile storage facilities. The purpose of the program is to assist States and local communities in efforts to improve their capacity to plan for and respond to accidents associated with the storage and ultimate disposal of chemical warfare materials.

National Dam Safety Program (NDSP)—To encourage the establishment and maintenance of effective State programs intended to ensure dam safety, to protect human life and property, and to improve State dam safety programs.

Interoperable Communications Equipment (ICE)—To provide funding to jurisdictions across the nation for demonstration projects on uses of equipment and technologies to increase communications interoperability among the fire service, law enforcement, and emergency medical service communities. These projects will illustrate and encourage the acceptance of new technologies and operating methods to assist communities in achieving interoperability.

Earthquake Consortium (EqC)—To operate a program of grants and assistance to enable States to develop mitigation, preparedness and response plans prepare inventories and conduct seismic safety inspection of critical structures and lifelines, update building and zoning codes and ordinances to enhance seismic safety, increase earthquake awareness and education, and encourage the development of multi-State groups for such purposes.

Disaster Donations Management Program (AIDMATRRIX)—To distribute technology solutions to State and local government and voluntary agencies throughout the country prior, to a major event, through the Aidmatrix Foundation/FEMA partnership. This will allow end-users to incorporate technology solutions into their planning, increasing their capacity to respond quickly and effectively once a disaster occurs.

Alternative Housing Pilot Program (AHPP)—Evaluate the efficacy of non-traditional short and intermediate-term housing alternatives for potential future use in a catastrophic disaster environment. Identify, develop and evaluate alternatives to and alternative forms of FEMA Disaster Housing to assist victims of the 2005 hurricanes in the Gulf Coast.

Cooperating Technical Partners (CTP)—To increase local involvement in, and ownership of, the development and maintenance of flood hazard maps produced for the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).

Map Modernization Management Support (MMMS)—To increase local involvement in, and ownership of, management of the development and maintenance of flood hazard maps produced for the National Flood Insurance

New Repetitive Flood Claims (RFC)—The Repetitive Flood Claims (RFC) Program was authorized in 2004 under Public Law 108-264, funds were not appropriated until FY 2006. The RFC program is authorized under the NFIA to award grants for actions that reduce flood damages to individual properties for which one or more claim payments for losses have been made. FEMA is not required to publish regulations; however, FEMA will provide notice to eligible applicants, post notice on OMB's Grants.gov Web site, and post the RFC program guidance on its Web site at http://www.fema.gov.

Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA)—To assist States and communities in implementing measures 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 (NFIP).

Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM)—To provide States and communities with a much needed source of pre-disaster mitigation funding for cost-effective hazard mitigation activities that are part of a comprehensive mitigation program, and that reduce injuries, loss of life, and damage and destruction of property. Competitive grants are part of this program including grants to universities.

Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG)—To provide direct assistance, on a competitive basis, to fire departments of a State or tribal nation for the purpose of protecting the health and safety of the public and firefighting personnel against fire and fire-related hazards.

Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER)—To Start Printed Page 11130increase the number of firefighters in local communities and to help them meet industry minimum standards and attain 24/7 staffing for adequate protection against fire and fire-related hazards, and fulfill related roles associated with fire departments.

Disaster Programs

Public Assistance Grants (PA)—To provide supplemental assistance to States, local governments, and political subdivisions to the State, Indian Tribes, Alaskan Native Villages, and certain nonprofit organizations in alleviating suffering and hardship resulting from major disasters or emergencies declared by the President.

Crisis Counseling (SCC)—To provide immediate crisis counseling services, when required, to victims of a major Federally-declared disaster for the purpose of relieving mental health problems caused or aggravated by a major disaster or its aftermath.

Presidential Declared Disaster Assistance to Individuals and Households—Other Needs (ONA)—To provide assistance to individuals and households affected by a disaster or emergency declared by the President, and enable them to address necessary expenses and serious needs, which cannot be met through other forms of disaster assistance or through other means such as insurance.

Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP)—To provide States and local governments' financial assistance to implement measures that will permanently reduce or eliminate future damages and losses from natural hazards through safer building practices and improving existing structures and supporting infrastructure.

Fire Management Assistance Grant (FMAGP)—To provide grants to States, Indian tribal government and local governments for the mitigation, management and control of any fire burning on publicly (nonfederal) or privately owned forest or grassland that threatens such destruction as would constitute a major disaster.

Affected Public: State, local, and tribal government.

Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours

Data collections activity/instrumentsNumber of respondents per formFrequency of responsesHour burden per responseAnnual responsesTotal annual burden hours
(A)(B)(C)(D = A × B)(C × D)
Disaster Programs
PA:
SF 42456115656
FF 20-205619.756543
FF 20-16, A, B, C5611.75695
FF 20-105641224224
SF-LLL5610.167569
Sub-total Annual Responses & Burden Hours448928
Number of disasters grant applies to5757
Total PA2553652882
SCC:
SF 42417111717
FF 20-201719.717165
FF 20-16, A, B, C1711.71729
FF 20-10 (SF 269)17416868
SF-LLL1710.167173
Sub-total Annual Responses & Burden Hours136282
Number of disasters grant applies to5757
Total SCC775216053
ONA:
SF 42440114040
FF 20-204019.740388
FF 20-16, A, B, C4011.74068
FF 20-104041160160
SF-LLL4010.167407
Sub-total Annual Responses & Burden Hours320663
Number of disasters grant applies to5757
Total ONA1824037773
HMGP:
SF 42452115252
FF 20-2052159.77807566
FF 20-16, A, B, C5211.75288
FF 20-105241208208
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FF 20-17521517.278013416
FF 20-185264.23121310
FF 20-195260.08431226
SF LLL5210.167529
Sub-total Annual Responses & Burden Hours254822676
Number of disasters grant applies to5757
Total HMGP1452361292514
FMAGP:
SF 42412414848
FF 20-203649.71441397
FF 20-16, A, B, C3641.7144245
FF 20-1536417.21442477
FF 20-1012414848
FF 20-183644.2144605
FF 20-193640.08414412
SF-LLL3640.16714424
Sub-total Annual Responses & Burden Hours9604855
Number of disasters grant applies to9494
Total FMGP90,240456,402
Total of Annual Responses and Burden Hours for Disaster-Related Programs2870041855625
Non-Disaster Programs
US&R:
SF 42428112828
FF 20-202819.728272
FF 20-16, A, B, C2811.72848
FF 76-10A2811.22834
FF 20-1028215656
SF 27028112828
SF LLL2810.167285
Total US&R224469
CAP-SSSE:
SF 42456115656
FF 20-205619.756543
FF 20-1556117.256963
FF 20-16, A, B, C5611.75695
FF 76-10A5611.25667
FF 20-105621112112
FF 20-185614.256235
FF 20-195610.084565
SF LLL5610.167569
Total CAP-SSSE5602086
CSEPP:
SF 42410111010
FF 20-201019.71097
FF 20-1010414040
FF 20-16, A, B, C1011.71017
FF 76-10A1011.21012
FF 20-181014.21042
FF 20-191010.084101
SF LLL1010.167102
Total CSEPP110221
NDSP:
SF 42451115151
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FF 20-205119.751495
FF 20-16, A, B, C5111.75187
FF 76-10A5111.25161
FF 20-105141204204
SF 27051115151
SF LLL5110.167519
Total NDSP510957
ICE:
FF 20-1017416868
ICE6868
EqC:
FF 20-1032166
Total EqC66
AIDMATRIX:
SF 42411111
FF 20-20119.7110
FF 20-1014144
FF 20-16 A, B, C111.712
SF LLL110.16710
Total AIDMATRIX817
AHPP:
SF 42441144
FF 20-20419.7439
FF 20-104411616
FF 20-16, A, B, C411.747
SF LLL410.16741
Total AHPP3266
CTP:
SF 42420112020
FF 20-202019.720194
FF 20-1520117.220344
FF 20-16, A, B, C2011.72034
FF 20-1020418080
SF LLL2010.167203
Total CTP180675
MMMS:
SF 42420112020
FF 20-202019.720194
FF 20-1520117.220344
FF 20-16, A, B, C2011.72034
FF 20-1020214040
SF LLL2010.167203
Total MMMS140635
RFC:
SF 42456115656
FF 20-205619.756543
FF 76-10A5611.25667
FF 20-16, A, B, C5611.75695
FF 20-105641224224
FF 20-185614.256235
FF-20-195610.084565
SF LLL5610.167569
Total RFC6161235
FMA:
SF 4245631168168
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FF 20-205639.71681630
FF 20-16, A, B, C5611.75695
FF 76-10A5631.2168202
FF 20-105641224224
FF 20-185614.256235
FF 20-195610.084565
SF LLL5610.167569
Total FMA9522568
PDM:
SF 4245621112112
FF 20-1556117.256963
FF 20-205629.71121086
FF 76-10A5621.2112134
FF 20-16, A, B, C5621.7112190
FF 20-105681448448
FF 20-17562017.2112019264
FF 20-185624.2112470
FF 20-195620.0841129
SF LLL5620.16711219
Total PDM240822697
*AFG:
SF 424*49481149484948
FF 20-20494829.7989695991
FF 76-10A494821.2989611875
FF 20-16, A, B, C494811.749488412
FF 20-1049482198969896
FF 20-174948117.2494885106
FF 20-18494814.2494820782
FF 20-19494810.0844948416
SF LLL494810.1674948826
Total AFG59376238251
*FP&S:
SF 42421811218218
FF 20-2021829.74364229
FF 76-10A21821.2436523
FF 20-16, A, B, C21811.7218371
FF 20-1021841872872
FF 20-17218117.22183750
FF 20-1821814.2218916
FF 20-1921810.08421818
SF LLL21810.16721836
Total FP&S305210933
*SAFER:
SF 42426211262262
FF 20-2026229.75245083
FF 76-10A26221.2524629
FF 20-16, A, B, C26211.7262445
FF 20-102624110481048
FF 20-17262117.22624506
FF 20-1826214.22621100
FF 20-1926210.08426222
SF LLL26210.16726244
Total SAFER366813140
SRL:
SF 42456115656
FF 20-205619.756543
FF 76-10A5611.25667
FF 20-16, A, B, C5611.75695
FF 20-105641224224
FF 20-185614.256235
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FF-20-195610.084565
SF LLL5610.167569
Total SRL6161235
Total of Annual Responses and Burden Hours for Non-Disaster Programs72,877295,261
Total of Annual Responses and Burden Hours for Disaster and Non-Disaster Programs3598812150885

Estimated Cost: The annualized hour burden cost to respondents is estimated to be $57,365,765. This estimate is based on the hourly wage rate for State Representative and Fire Department Chiefs completing and submitting the FEMA Grant Administration forms to FEMA for review and approval.

Comments: Written comments are solicited to (a) evaluate whether the proposed data collection is necessary for the proper performance of the agency, including whether the information shall have practical utility; (b) evaluate the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (c) enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including through the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology, e.g., permitting electronic submission of responses. Comments must be submitted on or before April 29, 2008.

ADDRESSES:

Interested persons should submit written comments to Office of Management, Records Management Division, Federal Emergency Management Agency, 500 C Street, SW., Washington, DC 20472, Mail Drop Room 301, 1800 S. Bell Street, Arlington, VA 22202.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Contact Cecelia Rosenberg, Section Chief, Mitigation Directorate, (202) 646-3321 for additional information. You may contact the Records Management Branch for copies of the proposed collection of information at facsimile number (202) 646-3347 or e-mail address: FEMA-Information-Collections@dhs.gov.

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Dated: February 13, 2008.

John A. Sharetts-Sullivan,

Director, Records Management Division, Office of Management, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Department of Homeland Security.

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[FR Doc. E8-3905 Filed 2-28-08; 8:45 am]

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