Process Administration & Letters of Map Change

FEMA processes updates and revisions to the Flood Insurance Rate Maps for the National Flood Insurance Program. FEMA’s statutory and regulatory authorities provide specific administrative requirements for map updates and revisions, but FEMA welcomes suggestions for improving the delivery of its program services and products. Please share your thoughts on how we could deliver these products more efficiently and in a more time effective manner.

The processing of Letters of Map Change is also an area where FEMA is committed to finding new ways to use technology to help the Agency reduce the time to process requests while maintaining the quality of the products. Please share your ideas on ways to make the process easier and more accessible without sacrificing quality.

Process Administration & Letters of Map Change

LOMR Reviewers to be More Experienced

I think many people would like the contractor’s staff to be more experienced with hydraulic modeling and knowledgeable about floodplain management. Many times with LOMR submittals we find that the person reviewing the submittal doesn’t have much knowledge. A lot of times they are recent college graduates. Too often we have to spend time responding to comments that don’t really impact the final BFE or location of the ...more »

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Letters of Map Change - Electronic Mapping Back to Communties

When a LOMR is finalized, the community it is in is sent a letter finalizing the map change along with a small paper copy of the re-delineated floodplain boundary and affected flood profile. The community then has to scan that paper drawing and do their best to recreate the revised floodplain boundary in their own GIS system of floodplain mapping. A CAD drawing that FEMA uses to re-delineate the floodplain should be mailed ...more »

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Revalidation Process

LOMCs revalidated during the Revalidation process are not readily accessible or searchable for the end user on the MSC website. The way the MSC is structured revalidated cases are tied to the new map panel number and then only accessible if the user knows the revalidation case number. All other LOMCs are searchable by case number through the MSC’s Product Catalog, Letters of Map Change section. To increase the visibility ...more »

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Geospatial Distribution & Viewer Tool for LOMCs

The general public cannot easily determine the current condition of their LOMC. Determination companies cannot pull the required data as needed to accurately determine the floodplain status of their clients’ properties and instead rely on manual distribution of updates. Mapping partners have no simple method to view and revalidate large quantities of LOMCs and FEMA does not currently have a method to evaluate the revalidation ...more »

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Large Scale LOMRs

There needs to be a faster mechanism for taking large scale LOMRS to effective status. Many of these involve significant community investment and interaction to get the modeling approved. Then to move into a PMR process holding pattern often causes frustration. Suggest adding an addition fee to the fee schedule to cover the extra costs of processing large scale LOMRs and then keep them as a LOMR instead of switching them ...more »

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Full acceptance of certfiied documents for LOMCs

FEMA should accept data that is certified by a licensed surveyor or engineer without question. The eLOMA tool allows surveyors to input data, with periodic audits, to get determinations relatively fast. FEMA should open this tool to users who aren't licensed professionals if they have documentation that was stamped. That way homeowners would be able to get quick LOMAs if the data is there. Why is an additional review ...more »

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FEMA Does Not Need to Peform Reviews of LOMAs

FEMA has the responsibility to appropriately map the SFHA, however the existing LOMA process absorbs much of the annual funds. The agency could just no longer review LOMAs to achieve the costs savings. If you take a look at the LOMA process, it requires a registered professional to certify the property is not in the SFHA. Why should FEMA not just accept the professional seal and grant the LOMA? The Professional carries ...more »

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COST BASIS FOR LOMAs

FEMA has always based the LOMA unit cost on a per case rate. Maybe FEMA should look at the cost on a per structure or property basis. A case may have one structure/property or may have hundreds of structures/properties. In addition, FEMA has historically procured LOMA processing under a cost reimbursable contract vehicle. FEMA may get a lower cost for LOMAs by procuring LOMA processing under fixed price contract vehicle. ...more »

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FEMA can do H&H themselves

The Letter of Map Revision (LOMR) process could be streamlined and accelerated if LOMR requesters (community officials or private parties) had the option of asking FEMA to perform the Hydrology and Hydraulics (H&H) modeling required to support their submittal and also prepare the resulting mapping. Requestors would supply supporting topography or survey data, certified “as built” plans, etc., and would pay a higher review ...more »

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LOMR-F Incorporation

Develop and distribute guidance allowing large scale LOMR-Fs to be processed as LOMRs, that is, physically revise the map rather than amend by letter. A minimum area would have to be established (e.g., 5 lots/50 acres as defined in 44 CFR Part 60.3) as well as an appropriate fee. While the minimum area could be considered arbitrary by some, this change would significantly offset the cost FEMA incurs in processing large ...more »

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