President Obama issued Executive Order (E.O.) 13690 on January 30, 2015, to improve the nation’s resilience to floods and manage federal disaster recovery costs. It requires federal agencies to update their procedures and regulations related to federal investment and other actions in floodplains. E.O. 13690 amended a 1977 order on floodplain management, E.O. 11988. The amendments added a Federal Flood Risk Management Standard (FFRMS) and new approaches to use in determining the floodplain for E.O. 11988 compliance. Public comment on draft implementing guidelines for the amended E.O. 11988 ended May 6, 2015 (see FR Doc. 2015-02284). The Water Resources Council (WRC) is to issue the final guidelines. Affected agencies have until June 6, 2015, to develop plans for updating agency-specific procedures; the agency update processes are anticipated to provide additional public comment opportunities. Congress is weighing whether to influence E.O. 13690 and FFRMS implementation. It can influence implementation through oversight and authorization, appropriations, and other legislation.
Date of Report: May 27, 2015
Order Number: IF10150
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