RS22698 - FEMA Flood Map Modernization Funding
1-May-2008; Wayne A. Morrissey; 6 p.
Abstract: For FY2009, President Bush requested $151 million to finalize implementation of
the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)’s Flood Map Modernization
(Map Mod) Initiative (FMMI) and its ongoing Map Mod program. FEMA introduced
the FMMI in September 1997 as a strategic plan to convert paper flood insurance rate
maps (FIRMs) to digital electronic format, or DFIRMs. DFIRMs contain more accurate
spatial measurements and digital data associated with flood hazards and are developed
with an automated geographic information system (GIS) that also facilitates mandatory
periodic updating of flood maps and helps to determine flood insurance risk. Published
DFIRMs are available from FEMA over the Internet. In FY2000, Congress appropriated
$5 million for a FEMA Flood Map Modernization Fund (FMMF) and the administrative
needs of the FMMI. FEMA Map Mod appropriations began in FY2003. Since FY2004,
FEMA has been funded by Department of Homeland Security (DHS) appropriations.
Congress also has approved supplemental spending authority for FMMI offset by flood
map-related service fees. To date, FEMA has obligated $1.18 billion for FMMI and
associated Map Mod activities. This report will be updated as events warrant.
Topics: Legislative, Water, Federal Agencies