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DHS/FEMA RIN: 1660-AA99 Publication ID: Spring 2020 
Title: Cost of Assistance Estimates in the Disaster Declaration Process for the Public Assistance Program 

FEMA is proposing a rule to substantively revise two disaster declaration factors that FEMA uses to review a Governor’s request for a major disaster under the Public Assistance Program. These two factors are the "Estimated cost of the assistance" and "Recent multiple disasters" factors. FEMA proposes revisions to these two factors to more accurately assess the disaster response capabilities of the 50 States, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. territories (States), and to respond to the direction of Congress in the Disaster Recovery Reform Act of 2018, which requires FEMA to review these factors and update them via rulemaking, as appropriate.

Agency: Department of Homeland Security(DHS)  Priority: Economically Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage 
Major: Yes  Unfunded Mandates: No 
EO 13771 Designation: Other 
CFR Citation: 44 CFR 206.48   
Legal Authority: Pub. L. 115-254 sec. 1239    42 U.S.C. 5170   
Legal Deadline:
Action Source Description Date
Other  Statutory  "initiation" of a rulemaking  10/05/2020 

Overall Description of Deadline: Not later than 2 years after the date of enactment of the Disaster Recovery Reform Act of 2018 (DRRA) (10/5/18), the Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) must review and initiate a rulemaking to update the factors considered when evaluating a Governor's request for a major disaster declaration, including reviewing how FEMA estimates the cost of major disaster assistance, and consider other impacts on the capacity of a jurisdiction to respond to disasters.

Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  08/00/2020 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined  Government Levels Affected: Federal, State 
Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: Yes 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Tod Wells
Deputy Director, Public Assistance Division Recovery Directorate
Department of Homeland Security
Federal Emergency Management Agency
500 C Street SW,
Washington, DC 20472-3100
Phone:202 646-3936