Notice of Public Meeting on the National Flood Insurance Program's Community Rating System, 48238-48239 [2021-18456]

Download as PDF 48238 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 164 / Friday, August 27, 2021 / Notices Community Community map repository address Prince George County, Virginia (All Jurisdictions) Project: 16–03–2426S Preliminary Date: February 26, 2021 Unincorporated Areas of Prince George County ..................................... BILLING CODE 9110–12–P DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY Federal Emergency Management Agency [Docket ID: FEMA–2021–0021] Notice of Public Meeting on the National Flood Insurance Program’s Community Rating System Federal Emergency Management Agency, Department of Homeland Security (DHS). ACTION: Announcement of open public meetings. AGENCY: FEMA will hold three public meetings remotely via web conference to solicit public feedback about the National Flood Insurance Program’s (NFIP) Community Rating System (CRS) program. FEMA is issuing this public meeting notice to inform the public that it is seeking input on the NFIP’s CRS program for the agency to consider ways to modify, streamline, and/or innovate to improve the program. These efforts aim to help FEMA ensure that the CRS program includes necessary, properly tailored, and up-to-date requirements that effectively achieve the goals of (1) reducing and avoiding flood damage to insurable property, (2) strengthening and supporting the insurance aspects of the NFIP, and (3) encouraging a comprehensive approach to floodplain management. SUMMARY: Written comments in response to these public meetings may be submitted until 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on September 22, 2021. Late-filed comments will be considered to the extent practicable. FEMA will hold meetings on: Tuesday, September 7, 2021 from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. ET; Wednesday, September 8, 2021 from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. ET; and Thursday, September 9, 2021 from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. ET. Depending on the number of speakers, the meetings may end before the time indicated, following the last call for comments. lotter on DSK11XQN23PROD with NOTICES1 VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:52 Aug 26, 2021 Jkt 253001 The public meetings will be held via web conference. Members of the public may register to attend the meetings online at the following link: https://cgstrategy.zoom.us/webinar/ register/6716294728533/WN_ BTf89PgaQhOZL-TonhxNog. Reasonable accommodations are available for people with disabilities. To request a reasonable accommodation, contact the person listed in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section below as soon as possible. Last minute requests will be accepted but may not be possible to fulfill. Written comments related to these public meetings must be submitted through the Federal eRulemaking Portal at http:// www.regulations.gov/. Search for FEMA–2021–0021 and follow the instructions for submitting comments. All written comments received, including any personal information provided, may be posted without alteration at https:// www.regulations.gov. All comments on the request for information made during the meetings will be posted to https:// www.regulations.gov, Docket ID FEMA– 2021–0021. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Rachel Sears, Supervisory Emergency Management Specialist, Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration, Federal Emergency Management Agency, FEMA-CRS-Next@ fema.dhs.gov, 202–212–3800. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The NFIP’s CRS program is a voluntary incentive program that recognizes and encourages community floodplain management practices that exceed the minimum requirements of the NFIP for floodplain management. As FEMA undertakes a series of initiatives that will transform the NFIP, the agency is evaluating the CRS program and its potential to support FEMA, State, local, Tribal, and territorial community goals and needs. FEMA is committed to obtaining public input to drive and focus FEMA’s review of the CRS program. Because Federal regulations and policies have broad impacts on society in general, members of the public are likely to have useful information, data, and perspectives on the benefits and burdens of FEMA’s existing programs, ADDRESSES: [FR Doc. 2021–18546 Filed 8–26–21; 8:45 am] DATES: Prince George County Planning and Zoning Office, 6602 Courts Drive, 1st Floor, Prince George, VA 23875. PO 00000 Frm 00125 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 regulations, information collections, and policies. Accordingly, FEMA is seeking specific public feedback to facilitate the CRS program review and improvement effort in the context of equity for all, include those in underserved communities. With the increasing risk of flooding and flood damage, in part because of climate change, it is essential that FEMA reevaluate programs to reduce unnecessary barriers to participation and effectiveness, to serve all communities, to increase equity, and to promote preparedness. As part of FEMA’s review of the CRS program, we published a RFI on Monday, August 23, 2021at 86 FR 47128. FEMA is seeking input through this RFI on ways the agency can improve the CRS program: (1) To better align the CRS program with the improved understanding of flood risk and flood risk approaches that have developed since the program’s inception; (2) to better incentivize communities and policyholders to become more resilient and to not only manage, but to lower their vulnerability to flood risk; and (3) to support the sound financial framework of the NFIP. While the CRS program today has evolved, the overall approach and framework of the program has been the same since the start of the program. As FEMA undertakes many initiatives that will transform the NFIP, the agency is also evaluating the CRS program and its potential to support FEMA, State government, Tribal government, and community goals and needs. While the agency has made incremental changes since the CRS program’s implementation, the agency is seeking input to further improve the program through additional programmatic changes. With the continuous learning around flood, flood risk management, and flood risk reduction techniques, FEMA now has more information about and understanding of multi-frequency analysis, pluvial flooding, climate change, and the extent of flood risk outside of the SFHA. FEMA seeks to make larger improvements within our programs based on these developments and is now taking a holistic look at the CRS program to determine how the program can best meet FEMA and stakeholder needs. E:\FR\FM\27AUN1.SGM 27AUN1 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 164 / Friday, August 27, 2021 / Notices The purpose of these public meetings and the RFI is to seek feedback on the CRS program. FEMA is holding public meetings to ensure that all interested parties have sufficient opportunity to provide comments on the CRS program during these meetings and the RFI to identify those aspects of the CRS program that may benefit from modification, streamlining, or expansion in light of FEMA’s improved understanding of flood risk and flood risk reduction approaches gained since the initiation of the CRS program. FEMA will carefully consider all relevant comments received during the meetings and during the RFI comment period closing on September 22, 2021. All comments or remarks provided on the request for information during the meetings will be recorded and posted to the rulemaking docket on https:// www.regulations.gov. Deanne Criswell, Administrator, Federal Emergency Management Agency. [FR Doc. 2021–18456 Filed 8–26–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 9111–47–P DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY Transportation Security Administration Intent To Request an Extension From OMB of One Current Public Collection of Information: Pipeline Corporate Security Review Program Transportation Security Administration, DHS. ACTION: 60-Day notice. AGENCY: The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) invites public comment on one currently-approved Information Collection Request (ICR), Office of Management and Budget (OMB) control number 1652–0056, abstracted below, that we will submit to OMB for an extension in compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA). On July 15, 2021, OMB approved TSA’s request for an emergency revision of this collection to address the ongoing cybersecurity threat to pipeline systems and associated infrastructure. TSA is now seeking to renew the collection, which expires on January 31, 2022, with incorporation of the subject of the emergency revision. The ICR describes the nature of the information collection and its expected burden. The collection allows TSA to assess the current security practices in the pipeline industry through TSA’s Pipeline Corporate Security Review (PCSR) program. The PCSR program is part of lotter on DSK11XQN23PROD with NOTICES1 SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:52 Aug 26, 2021 Jkt 253001 the larger domain awareness, prevention, and protection program supporting TSA’s and the Department of Homeland Security’s missions. DATES: Send your comments by October 26, 2021. ADDRESSES: Comments may be emailed to TSAPRA@tsa.dhs.gov or delivered to the TSA PRA Officer, Information Technology (IT), TSA–11, Transportation Security Administration, 6595 Springfield Center Drive, Springfield, VA 20598–6011. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Christina A. Walsh at the above address, or by telephone (571) 227–2062. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Comments Invited In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), an agency may not conduct or sponsor, and a person is not required to respond to, a collection of information unless it displays a valid OMB control number. The ICR documentation will be available at http://www.reginfo.gov upon its submission to OMB. Therefore, in preparation for OMB review and approval of the following information collection, TSA is soliciting comments to— (1) Evaluate whether the proposed information requirement is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility; (2) Evaluate the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden; (3) Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (4) Minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including using appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Information Collection Requirement OMB Control Number 1652–0056; Pipeline Corporate Security Review (PCSR) Program. Under the Aviation and Transportation Security Act 1 and delegated authority from the Secretary of Homeland Security, TSA has broad responsibility and authority for ‘‘security in all modes of transportation . . . including security responsibilities . . . over modes of transportation that are exercised by the Department of Transportation.’’ 2 TSA is specifically 1 Public Law 107–71 (115 Stat. 597; Nov. 19, 2001), codified at 49 U.S.C. 114. 2 See 49 U.S.C. 114(d). The TSA Administrator’s current authorities under the Aviation and Transportation Security Act have been delegated to PO 00000 Frm 00126 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 48239 empowered to assess threats to transportation; 3 develop policies, strategies, and plans for dealing with threats to transportation; 4 oversee the implementation and adequacy of security measures at transportation facilities; 5 and carry out other appropriate duties relating to transportation security.6 The Implementing Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Act of 2007 (9/11 Act) included a specific requirement for TSA to conduct assessments of critical pipeline facilities.7 Assessing Voluntary Implementation of Recommendations Consistent with these authorities and requirements, TSA developed the PCSR program to assess the current security practices in the pipeline industry, with a focus on the physical and cyber security of pipelines and the crude oil and petroleum products, such as gasoline, diesel, jet fuel, home heating oil, and natural gas, moving through the system infrastructure. PCSRs are voluntary, face-to-face visits, usually at the headquarters facility of the pipeline owner/operator. Typically, TSA sends one to three employees to conduct a seven to eight hour interview with representatives from the owner/ operator. The TSA representatives analyze the owner/operator’s security plan and policies and compare their practices with recommendations in TSA’s Pipeline Security Guidelines. During the PCSR assessment, the PCSR program subject matter experts: • Meet with senior corporate officers and security managers. • Develop knowledge of security planning at critical pipeline infrastructure sites. • Establish and maintain a working relationship with key security staff who operate critical pipeline infrastructure. • Identify industry smart practices and lessons learned. • Maintain a dynamic modal network through effective communications with him by the Secretary of Homeland Security. Section 403(2) of the Homeland Security Act (HSA) of 2002, Public Law 107–296 (116 Stat. 2135, Nov. 25, 2002), transferred all functions of TSA, including those of the Secretary of Transportation and the Under Secretary of Transportation of Security related to TSA, to the Secretary of Homeland Security. Pursuant to DHS Delegation Number 7060.2, the Secretary delegated to the Administrator of TSA, subject to the Secretary’s guidance and control, the authority vested in the Secretary with respect to TSA, including that in section 403(2) of the HSA. 3 49 U.S.C. 114(f)(2). 4 49 U.S.C. 114(f)(3). 5 49 U.S.C. 114(f)(11). 6 49 U.S.C. 114(f)(15). 7 See section 1557 of Public Law 110–53 (121 Stat. 266; Aug. 3, 2007) as codified at 6 U.S.C. 1207. E:\FR\FM\27AUN1.SGM 27AUN1

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[Federal Register Volume 86, Number 164 (Friday, August 27, 2021)]
[Notices]
[Pages 48238-48239]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2021-18456]


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DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY

Federal Emergency Management Agency

[Docket ID: FEMA-2021-0021]


Notice of Public Meeting on the National Flood Insurance 
Program's Community Rating System

AGENCY: Federal Emergency Management Agency, Department of Homeland 
Security (DHS).

ACTION: Announcement of open public meetings.

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SUMMARY: FEMA will hold three public meetings remotely via web 
conference to solicit public feedback about the National Flood 
Insurance Program's (NFIP) Community Rating System (CRS) program. FEMA 
is issuing this public meeting notice to inform the public that it is 
seeking input on the NFIP's CRS program for the agency to consider ways 
to modify, streamline, and/or innovate to improve the program. These 
efforts aim to help FEMA ensure that the CRS program includes 
necessary, properly tailored, and up-to-date requirements that 
effectively achieve the goals of (1) reducing and avoiding flood damage 
to insurable property, (2) strengthening and supporting the insurance 
aspects of the NFIP, and (3) encouraging a comprehensive approach to 
floodplain management.

DATES: Written comments in response to these public meetings may be 
submitted until 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on September 22, 2021. 
Late-filed comments will be considered to the extent practicable.
    FEMA will hold meetings on:
    Tuesday, September 7, 2021 from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. ET;
    Wednesday, September 8, 2021 from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. ET; and
    Thursday, September 9, 2021 from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. ET.
    Depending on the number of speakers, the meetings may end before 
the time indicated, following the last call for comments.

ADDRESSES: The public meetings will be held via web conference. Members 
of the public may register to attend the meetings online at the 
following link: https://cgstrategy.zoom.us/webinar/register/6716294728533/WN_BTf89PgaQhOZL-TonhxNog.
    Reasonable accommodations are available for people with 
disabilities. To request a reasonable accommodation, contact the person 
listed in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section below as soon as 
possible. Last minute requests will be accepted but may not be possible 
to fulfill. Written comments related to these public meetings must be 
submitted through the Federal eRulemaking Portal at http://www.regulations.gov/. Search for FEMA-2021-0021 and follow the 
instructions for submitting comments. All written comments received, 
including any personal information provided, may be posted without 
alteration at https://www.regulations.gov. All comments on the request 
for information made during the meetings will be posted to https://www.regulations.gov, Docket ID FEMA-2021-0021.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Rachel Sears, Supervisory Emergency 
Management Specialist, Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration, 
Federal Emergency Management Agency, [email protected], 202-
212-3800.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The NFIP's CRS program is a voluntary 
incentive program that recognizes and encourages community floodplain 
management practices that exceed the minimum requirements of the NFIP 
for floodplain management. As FEMA undertakes a series of initiatives 
that will transform the NFIP, the agency is evaluating the CRS program 
and its potential to support FEMA, State, local, Tribal, and 
territorial community goals and needs.
    FEMA is committed to obtaining public input to drive and focus 
FEMA's review of the CRS program. Because Federal regulations and 
policies have broad impacts on society in general, members of the 
public are likely to have useful information, data, and perspectives on 
the benefits and burdens of FEMA's existing programs, regulations, 
information collections, and policies. Accordingly, FEMA is seeking 
specific public feedback to facilitate the CRS program review and 
improvement effort in the context of equity for all, include those in 
underserved communities. With the increasing risk of flooding and flood 
damage, in part because of climate change, it is essential that FEMA 
reevaluate programs to reduce unnecessary barriers to participation and 
effectiveness, to serve all communities, to increase equity, and to 
promote preparedness.
    As part of FEMA's review of the CRS program, we published a RFI on 
Monday, August 23, 2021at 86 FR 47128. FEMA is seeking input through 
this RFI on ways the agency can improve the CRS program: (1) To better 
align the CRS program with the improved understanding of flood risk and 
flood risk approaches that have developed since the program's 
inception; (2) to better incentivize communities and policyholders to 
become more resilient and to not only manage, but to lower their 
vulnerability to flood risk; and (3) to support the sound financial 
framework of the NFIP.
    While the CRS program today has evolved, the overall approach and 
framework of the program has been the same since the start of the 
program. As FEMA undertakes many initiatives that will transform the 
NFIP, the agency is also evaluating the CRS program and its potential 
to support FEMA, State government, Tribal government, and community 
goals and needs. While the agency has made incremental changes since 
the CRS program's implementation, the agency is seeking input to 
further improve the program through additional programmatic changes. 
With the continuous learning around flood, flood risk management, and 
flood risk reduction techniques, FEMA now has more information about 
and understanding of multi-frequency analysis, pluvial flooding, 
climate change, and the extent of flood risk outside of the SFHA. FEMA 
seeks to make larger improvements within our programs based on these 
developments and is now taking a holistic look at the CRS program to 
determine how the program can best meet FEMA and stakeholder needs.

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    The purpose of these public meetings and the RFI is to seek 
feedback on the CRS program. FEMA is holding public meetings to ensure 
that all interested parties have sufficient opportunity to provide 
comments on the CRS program during these meetings and the RFI to 
identify those aspects of the CRS program that may benefit from 
modification, streamlining, or expansion in light of FEMA's improved 
understanding of flood risk and flood risk reduction approaches gained 
since the initiation of the CRS program. FEMA will carefully consider 
all relevant comments received during the meetings and during the RFI 
comment period closing on September 22, 2021. All comments or remarks 
provided on the request for information during the meetings will be 
recorded and posted to the rulemaking docket on https://www.regulations.gov.

Deanne Criswell,
Administrator, Federal Emergency Management Agency.
[FR Doc. 2021-18456 Filed 8-26-21; 8:45 am]
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