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DHS/FEMA RIN: 1660-AB11 Publication ID: Fall 2021 
Title: ●RFI National Flood Insurance Program's Floodplain Management Standards for Land Management & Use, & an Assessment of the Program's Impact on Threatened and Endangered Species & Their Habitats 
Abstract:

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is issuing this Request for Information to receive the public’s input on two topics.  First, FEMA seeks the public’s input on revising the National Flood Insurance Program’s (NFIP) floodplain management standards for land management and use regulations to better align with the current understanding of flood risk and flood risk reduction approaches.  Specifically, FEMA is seeking input from the public on the floodplain management standards that communities should adopt to result in safer, stronger, and more resilient communities.  Additionally, FEMA seeks input on how the NFIP can better promote protection of and minimize any adverse impact to threatened and endangered species, and their habitats.

 
Agency: Department of Homeland Security(DHS)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: First time published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Prerule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 44 CFR 59.1    44 CFR 60.3(d)(3)    44 CFR 64.3(a)(1)   
Legal Authority: 42 U.S.C. 4001 et seq.   
Legal Deadline:  None

Statement of Need:

FEMA is issuing this Request for Information to seek information from the public on the agency's current floodplain management standards to ensure the agency receives public input as part of the agency’s regular review of programs, regulations, and policies, and to inform any action to revise the NFIP minimum floodplain management standards. FEMA also plans to re-evaluate the implementation of the NFIP under the Endangered Species Act at the national level to complete a revised Biological Evaluation re-examining how NFIP actions influence land development decisions; the potential for such actions to have adverse effects on threatened and endangered species and critical habitats; and to identify program changes that would prevent jeopardy to threatened and endangered species, and/or destruction or adverse modification of designated critical habitats, as well as to promote the survival and recovery of threatened and endangered species.  As a result, FEMA also requests input from the public on what measures the NFIP can take to further protect and minimize any adverse impacts to threatened and endangered species and their habitat. 

Anticipated Costs and Benefits:

DHS is currently considering the specific cost and benefit impacts of the proposed provisions.

Timetable:
Action Date FR Cite
Request for Information  10/12/2021  86 FR 56713   
Announcement of Public Meetings  10/28/2021  86 FR 59745   
Announcement of Additional Public Meeting; Extension of Comment Period  11/22/2021  86 FR 66329   
Request for Information Comment Period End  01/27/2022 
Additional Information: Docket ID FEMA-2021-0024
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: None 
Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: Yes 
RIN Information URL: http://www.regulations.gov   Public Comment URL: http://www.regulations.gov  
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Rachel Sears
Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration
Department of Homeland Security
Federal Emergency Management Agency
400 C Street SW,
Washington, DC 20472
Phone:202 646-2977
Email: fema-regulations@fema.dhs.gov