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FEMA Adjusts Disaster Recovery Financial Thresholds and Caps

FEMA Adjusts Disaster Recovery Financial Thresholds and Caps

Annually, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (“FEMA”) adjusts certain financial threshold amounts for post-disaster Public Assistance (“PA”) Grant Programs. There are two separate financial indicators that are adjusted: (1) the Minimum Project Worksheet Amount and (2) the per capita impact indicator for the state and county. Additionally, the maximum amount individual households and families may receive under the Individual Assistance Program is adjusted. The adjustments are based on an increase in the consumer Price Index for urban consumers over the preceding year. [1]

So What Are the Numbers?

Threshold/Indicator FY2017 FY2016 Change

Minimum Public Assistance Project Worksheet Amount [2]: $3,100 $3,050 +$50

Statewide Per Capita Impact Indicator [3]: $1.43 $1.41 +$0.02

Countywide Per Capita Impact Indicator [4]: $3.61 $3.57 +$0.04

Simplified Procedures Small Project Threshold [5]: $123,100 $121,800 +$1,300

Maximum Assistance under IHG Programs [6] $33,300 $33,000 +$300

Cost Share Adjustment Per Capita Indicator [7] $140 $137 +$3

References:

[1] See 44 CFR § 206.202(d)(2); 44 CFR § 206.48.

[2] Compare Notice of Adjustment of Minimum Project Worksheet Amount, 81 Fed. Reg. 70,433 (Oct. 12, 2016) with Notice of Adjustment of Minimum Project Worksheet Amount, 80 Fed. Reg. 61,835 (Oct. 14, 2015).

[3] Compare Notice of Adjustment of Statewide Per Capita Impact Indicator, 81 Fed. Reg. 70,433 (Oct 12, 2016) with Notice of Adjustment of Statewide Per Capita Impact Indicator, 80 Fed. Reg. 61,836 (Oct. 14, 2015).

[4] Compare Notice of Adjustment of Countywide Per Capita Impact Indicator, 81 Fed. Reg. 70,430 (Oct 12, 2016) with Notice of Adjustment of Countywide Per Capita Impact Indicator, 80 Fed. Reg. 61,835 (Oct. 14, 2015).

[5] Compare Notice of Adjustment of Disaster Grant Amounts, 81 Fed. Reg. 70,434 (Oct. 12, 2016) with Notice of Adjustment of Disaster Grant Amounts, 80 Fed. Reg. 61,836 (Oct. 14, 2015).

[6] Compare Notice of Maximum Amount of Assistance Under the Individuals and Households Program, 81 Fed. Reg. 70,431 (Oct. 12, 2016) with Notice of Maximum Amount of Assistance Under the Individuals and Households Program, 80 Fed. Reg. 60,086 (Oct. 14, 2015).

[7] Compare Notice of Adjustment of Statewide Per Capita Indicator for Recommending a Cost Share Adjustment, 82 Fed. Reg. 8,946 (Feb. 1, 2017) with Notice of Adjustment of Statewide Per Capita Indicator for Recommending a Cost Share Adjustment, 81 Fed. Reg. 7,558 (Feb. 12, 2016). Note that the Per Capita Indicator for Cost Share Adjustments is effective for a Calendar Year.

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