Risk Mapping, Assessment and Planning (Risk MAP) Market Research

FEMA’s Federal Insurance & Mitigation Administration (FIMA) manages the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), the cornerstone of the nation’s strategy for preparing communities for flood disaster. (Learn more about flood insurance at http://www.floodsmart.gov.) NFIP was created to reduce flood damage by identifying risks, encouraging sound floodplain management, and providing a mechanism for the public to insure their investments. FEMA and its governmental partners provide flood hazard data and maps to support flood insurance and floodplain management activities.

To leverage the successes of previous programs and further enhance the usability and value of flood hazard mapping, FEMA developed the Risk Mapping, Assessment and Planning (Risk MAP) program. Risk MAP combines flood hazard mapping, risk assessment tools and Hazard Mitigation Planning into one program. This integrated program encourages beneficial partnerships and innovative uses of flood hazard and risk assessment data in order to minimize flood loss and build more resilient communities.

While the focus of Risk MAP is on flood hazard identification, risk assessment, and mitigation, working with communities to help them increase their resilience from all natural hazards is also a goal of the program. Reducing risk to people and property from natural hazards and reducing a community’s long-term vulnerability may present additional opportunities that the community can leverage to create a safer tomorrow.

FEMA is conducting Market Research in preparation of procuring the next Production & Technical Services (PTS) contracts and is investigating new Community Engagement and Risk Communication (CERC) options. Specifically, FEMA is interested in ideas to improve the day-to-day design, execution and management of CERC campaigns, products and services to encourage our nation’s communities to increase awareness and take action to reduce the risk of loss of life and property from floods and natural other hazards. In addition, FEMA is looking at ways to leverage technology to increase efficiency, cost effectiveness and usability in its products and services.

We welcome your thoughts, ideas, or suggestions on any or all of the following topics:

This campaign will close on May 7, 2013.

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10-Year Floodplain, We Should Do Something With It

Show the 10-year floodplain on the maps and make it a different color. Boldly identify it has the most hazardous area. Revise the standard determination form and add a line or check box that needs to be completed if any portion of the structure is within the 10-year floodplain.

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Contract Considerations

Across this forum there are many threads suggesting the Program is currently inefficient, operating at excessive costs, and ineffective at delivering its objectives. Several suggest the answers reside within additional/alternative contracting types. Recall the Program just modified its contracting strategy to initiate Risk MAP. The current strategy has supported the Program through major programmatic changes including ...more »

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Evolve Risk MAP into Mit MAP

One way Risk MAP can succeed is to evolve it into a "Mit MAP" program with a focus on mitigating SPECIFIC hazards found using all of the new Risk MAP non-regulatory products. Imagine being able to use the new products to target the most hazardous floodprone properties in the NFIP program for mitigation or buyout, backed with federal dollars. I'm afraid that our current effort at getting mitigation action, while good, ...more »

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Small Business Involvement Must be Emphsized

The current structure of the PTS contracts, did not require participation of small business to any significant degree. To maximize knowledge of local flood history, hydrologic conditions, and local expertise, Regional contracts to small businesses should used to conduct all technical studies. Primary PTS contracts should be used only to ensure consistency in study methods and mapping products. Other unique local ...more »

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Use of Small Businesses

Under the current PTS contracts, the 3 big JVs/LLCs were facing significant funding cutbacks and therefore cut there workload to engineering subcontractors in order to their own staff working. Consequently, FEMA lost out on the a ton of local knowledge and efficiency of using local small businesses. Remember why the small businees program was started- small businesses are the life blood of the American economy. Small ...more »

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QAQC processing as a single, non A&E contract

The use of A&E resources to perform QAQC throughout the different phases of the map creation and acceptance process is not cost effective. The tasks associated with performing QAQC on DFIRM and FIRM products are better aligned with the competencies and staff base contained in geographic information system/spatial technology companies. A single, non A&E contract would allow FEMA to choose a provider based on the “Best ...more »

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Acquisition Strategy 4

Small Business Participation in the PTS Procurement: FEMA should consider whether the role of small businesses should be for a portion of the scope of the current PTS contracts (as suggested elsewhere) or for the full scope for a Region (possibly one of the smaller regions based on annual allocated funding). With the increase in the small business size standard for AE firms ($14M) there are small businesses that could ...more »

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Acquisition Strategy 3

Dividing the Current PTS Scope: FEMA should consider that any potential efficiencies gained by dividing the PTS Scope into contracts separate from study production, risk assessment, and mitigation planning tasks may be offset by the need for increased coordination and communication between the additional contractors that would be added as a result. Procuring separate contracts for activities such as upfront discovery/communications ...more »

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Acquisition Strategy 2

If FEMA’s reason for a non-AE procurement is to obtain cost competition, they could include cost as part of a Phase 2 submittal between qualified firms selected under an AE (FAR 36)procurement (this was noted by another commenter). FEMA has already included elements of cost as part of competing task orders between the current PTSs, which has proved effective. FEMA has also introduced cost-based task order competition ...more »

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