Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request, 43898-43899 [2013-17446]

Download as PDF 43898 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 140 / Monday, July 22, 2013 / Notices • Department of Justice Executive Office Immigration Review (EOIR) Case Access System, • State Motor Vehicle Administrations, if participating in the E-Verify RIDE initiative, (D) Information created by E-Verify. EXEMPTIONS CLAIMED FOR THE SYSTEM: None. Jonathan R. Cantor, Acting Chief Privacy Officer, Department of Homeland Security. [FR Doc. 2013–17451 Filed 7–19–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 9111–97–P DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY Federal Emergency Management Agency [Docket ID FEMA–2013–0024; OMB No. 1660–0022] Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request Federal Emergency Management Agency, DHS. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: 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 revision of a currently approved information collection. In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice seeks comments concerning the application for the National Flood Insurance Program’s Community Rating System program. This program allows communities to become eligible for discounts on the cost of flood insurance when they undertake activities to mitigate anticipated damage due to flooding. The application materials verify and document the community mitigation activities performed and provide the Federal Emergency Management Agency with the information necessary to determine if flood insurance premium discounts are appropriate for participating communities. CRS credits have been added in numerous areas that contribute to the protection of salmonid habitat. DATES: Comments must be submitted on or before September 20, 2013. ADDRESSES: To avoid duplicate submissions to the docket, please use only one of the following means to submit comments: tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:15 Jul 19, 2013 Jkt 229001 (1) Online. Submit comments at www.regulations.gov under Docket ID FEMA–2013–0024. Follow the instructions for submitting comments. (2) Mail. Submit written comments to Docket Manager, Office of Chief Counsel, DHS/FEMA, 500 C Street SW., Washington, DC 20472–3100. (3) Facsimile. Submit comments to (703) 483–2999. All submissions received must include the agency name and Docket ID. Regardless of the method used for submitting comments or material, all submissions will be posted, without change, to the Federal Rulemaking Portal at http://www.regulations.gov, and will include any personal information you provide. Therefore, submitting this information makes it public. You may wish to read the Privacy Act notice that is available via the link in the footer of www.regulations.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Bill Lesser, Program Specialist, Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration, at (202) 646–2807 for additional information. You may contact the Records Management Division for copies of the proposed collection of information at facsimile number (202) 646–3347 or email address: FEMA-InformationCollections@dhs.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Section 541 of the National Flood Insurance Reform Act (NFIRA) of 1994, 42 U.S.C. 4022, requires that a community rating system be established. This ratings system is a voluntary program for communities and it would provide a method by which flood mitigation activities engaged in by these communities could be measured. The effect of this mitigation activity would reduce the exposure of the communities to damages resulting from flooding and in turn reduce the losses incurred as a result of this flooding. To encourage participation, discounts on flood insurance are offered within communities that successfully complete qualified mitigation actions, and the community ratings system provides the ability to measure these actions and to recertify the communities in successive years. CRS credits have been added in numerous areas that contribute to the protection of salmonid habitat. Credit has been newly provided—or increased—for habitat preservation and protection related to salmonids in several areas. These include new credits for public outreach related to endangered species, open space preservation, higher regulatory PO 00000 Frm 00051 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 standards that can include protective practices such as zoning that protect salmonid, and developing floodplain management plans. Low Impact Development and volume control credits were added to Stormwater Management. Incorporating low impact development practices will result in cleaner rainwater runoff. It will also delay urban runoff into floodplains, resulting in reduced stormwater volume that can otherwise have a detrimental scouring impact on a stream’s health and its ability to support species. Open Space credits were added for areas that include habitat for threatened and endangered species under Natural Functions Open Space. This incentive is designed to motivate local governments to protect lands that enhance the habitat of threatened and endangered species. Credits have been added under Open Space Preservation, Natural Shoreline Protection, to encourage communities to actively manage riparian lands to preserve and sustain biologic functions. Flood Protection points have been reduced for structural flood control features to encourage communities to seek flood risk reduction solutions that result in establishing new open space areas rather than continuing to support intensively developed floodplains. Dismantling or setting back levees in such a way that results in creation of open space will earn significantly more CRS points than previously available. Levee Credit Activity as well as credit for channel maintenance include a requirement for maintenance activities to be compliant with environmental and historic preservation laws and executive orders, including integration of vegetative management practices. A new CRS Class 4 prerequisite has been established requiring a CRS Class 4 or better community to have at least 100 points for activities that protect natural floodplain functions. Collection of Information Title: Community Rating System (CRS) Program—Application Worksheets and Commentary. Type of Information Collection: Revision of a currently approved information collection. FEMA Forms: FEMA Form 086–0–35, Community Rating System Application Letter of Interest and Quick Check Instructions; FEMA Form 086–0–35A, Community Annual Recertification; and FEMA Form 086–0–35B, Environmental and Historic Preservation Certifications. Abstract: The CRS Application and Certifications are used by communities that participate in the National Flood Insurance Program’s (NFIP) Community Rating System (CRS) to document the E:\FR\FM\22JYN1.SGM 22JYN1 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 140 / Monday, July 22, 2013 / Notices activities that communities have undertaken to mitigate against future flood losses. The CRS Application and Certifications provide a step-by-step process for communities to follow in their effort to achieve the maximum amount of discount on flood insurance premiums. CRS is a voluntary program where flood insurance costs are reduced in communities that implement practices, such as building codes and public education activities, that are recognized as reducing risks of flooding and promoting the purchase of flood insurance. Affected Public: State, Local or Tribal Government. Number of Respondents: 1,274. Number of Responses: 1,274. Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 32,908. Estimated Cost: There are no estimated operational, maintenance, capital or start-up costs associated with this information collection. Comments Comments may be submitted as indicated in the ADDRESSES caption above. 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. Dated: July 15, 2013. Charlene D. Myrthil, Director, Records Management Division, Mission Support Bureau, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Department of Homeland Security. [FR Doc. 2013–17446 Filed 7–19–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 9110–11–P DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY Federal Emergency Management Agency [Docket ID FEMA–2013–0002] Changes in Flood Hazard Determinations Federal Emergency Management Agency, DHS. ACTION: Final notice. AGENCY: New or modified Base (1% annual-chance) Flood Elevations (BFEs), base flood depths, Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA) boundaries or zone designations, and/or the regulatory floodway (hereinafter referred to as flood hazard determinations) as shown on the indicated Letter of Map Revision (LOMR) for each of the communities listed in the table below are finalized. Each LOMR revises the Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs), and in some cases the Flood Insurance Study (FIS) reports, currently in effect for the listed communities. The flood hazard determinations modified by each LOMR will be used to calculate flood insurance premium rates for new buildings and their contents. DATES: The effective date for each LOMR is indicated in the table below. ADDRESSES: Each LOMR is available for inspection at both the respective Community Map Repository address listed in the table below and online through the FEMA Map Service Center at www.msc.fema.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Luis Rodriguez, Chief, Engineering Management Branch, Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration, FEMA, 500 C Street SW., Washington, DC 20472, (202) 646–4064, or (email) Luis.Rodriguez3@fema.dhs.gov; or visit the FEMA Map Information eXchange (FMIX) online at www.floodmaps.fema.gov/fhm/ fmx_main.html. SUMMARY: The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) makes the final flood hazard determinations as shown in the LOMRs for each community listed in the table SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 43899 below. Notice of these modified flood hazard determinations has been published in newspapers of local circulation and ninety (90) days have elapsed since that publication. The Deputy Associate Administrator for Mitigation has resolved any appeals resulting from this notification. The modified flood hazard determinations are made pursuant to section 206 of the Flood Disaster Protection Act of 1973, 42 U.S.C. 4105, and are in accordance with the National Flood Insurance Act of 1968, 42 U.S.C. 4001 et seq., and with 44 CFR part 65. For rating purposes, the currently effective community number is shown and must be used for all new policies and renewals. The new or modified flood hazard determinations are the basis for the floodplain management measures that the community is required either to adopt or to show evidence of being already in effect in order to remain qualified for participation in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). These new or modified flood hazard determinations, together with the floodplain management criteria required by 44 CFR 60.3, are the minimum that are required. They should not be construed to mean that the community must change any existing ordinances that are more stringent in their floodplain management requirements. The community may at any time enact stricter requirements of its own or pursuant to policies established by other Federal, State, or regional entities. These new or modified flood hazard determinations are used to meet the floodplain management requirements of the NFIP and also are used to calculate the appropriate flood insurance premium rates for new buildings, and for the contents in those buildings. The changes in flood hazard determinations are in accordance with 44 CFR 65.4. Interested lessees and owners of real property are encouraged to review the final flood hazard information available at the address cited below for each community or online through the FEMA Map Service Center at www.msc.fema.gov. tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES State and county Location and case No. Chief executive officer of community Community map repository Effective date of modification Oklahoma: Tulsa (FEMA Docket No.: B–1297). Texas: Bexar (FEMA Docket No.: B–1297). City of Tulsa (12– 06–4004P). The Honorable Dewey F. Bartlett, Jr., Mayor, City of Tulsa, 175 East 2nd Street, Suite 690, Tulsa, OK 74103. Stormwater Design Office, 2317 South Jackson, Suite 302, Tulsa, OK 74107. April 26, 2013 ................. 405381 City of San Antonio (12–06– 4032P). The Honorable Julian Castro, Mayor, City of San Antonio, P.O. Box 839966, San Antonio, TX 78283. Municipal Plaza, 114 West Commerce Street, 7th Floor, San Antonio, TX 78205. 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[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 140 (Monday, July 22, 2013)]
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[FR Doc No: 2013-17446]


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DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY

Federal Emergency Management Agency

[Docket ID FEMA-2013-0024; OMB No. 1660-0022]


Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; 
Comment Request

AGENCY: Federal Emergency Management Agency, DHS.

ACTION: Notice.

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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 revision of a currently approved information 
collection. In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, 
this notice seeks comments concerning the application for the National 
Flood Insurance Program's Community Rating System program. This program 
allows communities to become eligible for discounts on the cost of 
flood insurance when they undertake activities to mitigate anticipated 
damage due to flooding. The application materials verify and document 
the community mitigation activities performed and provide the Federal 
Emergency Management Agency with the information necessary to determine 
if flood insurance premium discounts are appropriate for participating 
communities. CRS credits have been added in numerous areas that 
contribute to the protection of salmonid habitat.

DATES: Comments must be submitted on or before September 20, 2013.

ADDRESSES: To avoid duplicate submissions to the docket, please use 
only one of the following means to submit comments:
    (1) Online. Submit comments at www.regulations.gov under Docket ID 
FEMA-2013-0024. Follow the instructions for submitting comments.
    (2) Mail. Submit written comments to Docket Manager, Office of 
Chief Counsel, DHS/FEMA, 500 C Street SW., Washington, DC 20472-3100.
    (3) Facsimile. Submit comments to (703) 483-2999.
    All submissions received must include the agency name and Docket 
ID. Regardless of the method used for submitting comments or material, 
all submissions will be posted, without change, to the Federal 
Rulemaking Portal at http://www.regulations.gov, and will include any 
personal information you provide. Therefore, submitting this 
information makes it public. You may wish to read the Privacy Act 
notice that is available via the link in the footer of 
www.regulations.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Bill Lesser, Program Specialist, 
Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration, at (202) 646-2807 for 
additional information. You may contact the Records Management Division 
for copies of the proposed collection of information at facsimile 
number (202) 646-3347 or email address: FEMA-Information-Collections@dhs.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Section 541 of the National Flood Insurance 
Reform Act (NFIRA) of 1994, 42 U.S.C. 4022, requires that a community 
rating system be established. This ratings system is a voluntary 
program for communities and it would provide a method by which flood 
mitigation activities engaged in by these communities could be 
measured. The effect of this mitigation activity would reduce the 
exposure of the communities to damages resulting from flooding and in 
turn reduce the losses incurred as a result of this flooding. To 
encourage participation, discounts on flood insurance are offered 
within communities that successfully complete qualified mitigation 
actions, and the community ratings system provides the ability to 
measure these actions and to recertify the communities in successive 
years.
    CRS credits have been added in numerous areas that contribute to 
the protection of salmonid habitat. Credit has been newly provided--or 
increased--for habitat preservation and protection related to salmonids 
in several areas. These include new credits for public outreach related 
to endangered species, open space preservation, higher regulatory 
standards that can include protective practices such as zoning that 
protect salmonid, and developing floodplain management plans. Low 
Impact Development and volume control credits were added to Stormwater 
Management. Incorporating low impact development practices will result 
in cleaner rainwater runoff. It will also delay urban runoff into 
floodplains, resulting in reduced stormwater volume that can otherwise 
have a detrimental scouring impact on a stream's health and its ability 
to support species.
    Open Space credits were added for areas that include habitat for 
threatened and endangered species under Natural Functions Open Space. 
This incentive is designed to motivate local governments to protect 
lands that enhance the habitat of threatened and endangered species. 
Credits have been added under Open Space Preservation, Natural 
Shoreline Protection, to encourage communities to actively manage 
riparian lands to preserve and sustain biologic functions. Flood 
Protection points have been reduced for structural flood control 
features to encourage communities to seek flood risk reduction 
solutions that result in establishing new open space areas rather than 
continuing to support intensively developed floodplains. Dismantling or 
setting back levees in such a way that results in creation of open 
space will earn significantly more CRS points than previously 
available. Levee Credit Activity as well as credit for channel 
maintenance include a requirement for maintenance activities to be 
compliant with environmental and historic preservation laws and 
executive orders, including integration of vegetative management 
practices. A new CRS Class 4 prerequisite has been established 
requiring a CRS Class 4 or better community to have at least 100 points 
for activities that protect natural floodplain functions.

Collection of Information

    Title: Community Rating System (CRS) Program--Application 
Worksheets and Commentary.
    Type of Information Collection: Revision of a currently approved 
information collection.
    FEMA Forms: FEMA Form 086-0-35, Community Rating System Application 
Letter of Interest and Quick Check Instructions; FEMA Form 086-0-35A, 
Community Annual Recertification; and FEMA Form 086-0-35B, 
Environmental and Historic Preservation Certifications.
    Abstract: The CRS Application and Certifications are used by 
communities that participate in the National Flood Insurance Program's 
(NFIP) Community Rating System (CRS) to document the

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activities that communities have undertaken to mitigate against future 
flood losses. The CRS Application and Certifications provide a step-by-
step process for communities to follow in their effort to achieve the 
maximum amount of discount on flood insurance premiums. CRS is a 
voluntary program where flood insurance costs are reduced in 
communities that implement practices, such as building codes and public 
education activities, that are recognized as reducing risks of flooding 
and promoting the purchase of flood insurance.
    Affected Public: State, Local or Tribal Government.
    Number of Respondents: 1,274.
    Number of Responses: 1,274.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 32,908.
    Estimated Cost: There are no estimated operational, maintenance, 
capital or start-up costs associated with this information collection.

Comments

    Comments may be submitted as indicated in the ADDRESSES caption 
above. 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.

    Dated: July 15, 2013.
Charlene D. Myrthil,
Director, Records Management Division, Mission Support Bureau, Federal 
Emergency Management Agency, Department of Homeland Security.
[FR Doc. 2013-17446 Filed 7-19-13; 8:45 am]
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