December 16, 2016 - USACE Publishes Draft Engineering Circular to Implement FFRMS and Floodplain Management Executive Orders

December 16, 2016 - USACE Publishes Draft Engineering Circular to Implement FFRMS and Floodplain Management Executive Orders

 

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in the December 16, 2016 Federal Register published its draft Engineering Circular to implement the Floodplain Management Executive Orders and the new Federal Flood Risk Management Standard established under EO 13690 https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/12/16/2016-30240/implementation-of-executive-orders-on-floodplain-management-and-establishing-a-federal-flood-risk'

 

Comments are due on January 30, 2017 and NAFSMA will be preparing comments to submit by the 45-day comment period deadline. Below is the message NAFSMA was provided by USACE headquarters addressing the release of the draft EC. 

 

USACE is now seeking external review and comment on our draft procedures to implement EO 11988. We plan to issue our final implementation procedures through an Engineer Circular (EC) that will rescind Engineer Regulation (ER) 1165-2-26, published in 1984. The draft EC that has been developed for review will provide updated guidance on implementing EO 11988 within USACE mission areas, including guidance related to the requirements of the Federal Flood Risk Management Standard (FFRMS) outlined in EO 13690.

 

We will rescind the original ER and use an EC to provide initial implementation guidance; an EC is a temporary document that will expire in two years, which will allow us time to assess implementation experiences and gather lessons learned before we develop guidance in the final form of an ER. After this EC is issued, we will assess the successes and challenges faced during implementation and consider any changes that may be made.

 

A notice will be published in the Federal Register (https://www.federalregister.gov/) on Friday, December 16th to announce our request for external review and comment. The notice may be found on the Federal Register website in the Table of Contents under "Corps of Engineers". The notice, the draft EC, and a document including a series of topic areas and issues for which feedback would be particularly valuable to us, will be available for review on the following website:

 

http://www.iwr.usace.army.mil/Missions/FloodRiskManagement/FloodRiskManagementProgram/AbouttheProgram/PolicyandGuidance/FederalFloodRiskManagementStandard.aspx

 

As specified in the Federal Register Notice, comments may be submitted electronically by email (to  USACE-EO11988@usace.army.mil) or in hard copy by mail. The list of topic areas and issues of interest was made available along with the draft EC in order to help reviewers understand the type of input and the topical areas that would be most helpful for us. However, any and all input and comments will be welcomed and considered.