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DHS/FEMA RIN: 1660-AA85 Publication ID: Spring 2017 
Title: Updates to Floodplain Management and Protection of Wetlands Regulations to Implement Executive Order 13690 and the Federal Flood Risk Management Standard  

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) proposes to amend its regulations at 44 CFR part 9 "Floodplain Management and Protection of Wetlands” to implement Executive Order 13690, which establishes the Federal Flood Risk Management Standard (FFRMS).  44 CFR part 9 describes FEMA’s process for determining whether the proposed location for an action falls within a floodplain.  In addition, for those projects that would fall within a floodplain, part 9 describes FEMA’s framework for deciding whether and how to complete the action in the floodplain, in light of the risk of flooding.  Consistent with Executive Order 13690 and the FFRMS, the proposed rule would change how FEMA defines a "floodplain” with respect to certain actions.  Additionally, under the proposed rule, FEMA would use natural systems, ecosystem process, and nature-based approaches, where practicable, when developing alternatives to locating a proposed action in the floodplain.


Agency: Department of Homeland Security(DHS)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Long-Term Actions 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 44 CFR 9   
Legal Authority: E.O. 11988, as amended    E.O. 13690   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  08/22/2016  81 FR 57401   
NPRM Comment Period End  10/21/2016 
Next Action Undetermined  To Be Determined 
Additional Information: Docket ID FEMA-2015-0006
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes  Government Levels Affected: Federal, Local, State, Tribal 
Small Entities Affected: Governmental Jurisdictions, Organizations  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: Yes 
RIN Information URL:   Public Comment URL:  
RIN Data Printed in the FR: Yes 
Agency Contact:
Kristin Fontenot
Office of Environmental and Historic Preservation
Department of Homeland Security
Federal Emergency Management Agency
400 C Street SW,
Washington, DC 20472
Phone:202 646-2741