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DHS - 2474 - Technical Mapping Advisory Council (FEMA) - Statutory (Congress Created)


Committee NameTechnical Mapping Advisory Council (FEMA)Agency NameDepartment of Homeland Security
Fiscal Year2022Committee Number2474
Original Establishment Date7/29/2013Committee StatusChartered
Actual Termination Date Committee URL
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYNoMax Number of Members*20
Current Charter Date8/3/2021Designated Fed Officer Position Title*Emergency Management Specialist
Date Of Renewal Charter8/3/2023Designated Federal Officer PrefixMr.
Projected Termination Date Designated Federal Officer First Name*Brian
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle Name
Specific Termination AuthorityNoneDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*Koper
Establishment Authority*Statutory (Congress Created)Designated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*Section 100215 of Public Law 112-141; 42 USC 4101aDesignated Federal Officer Phone*(202) 646-3085
Effective Date Of Authority*7/29/2013Designated Federal Officer Fax*
Exempt From EO 13875 Discretionary CmteNot ApplicableDesignated Federal Officer Email*
Committee Type*Continuing
Committee Function*Other Committee


Agency Recommendation*Continue
Legislation to Terminate RequiredNot Applicable
Legislation StatusNot Applicable
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*Provides recommendations to the Administrator on certain aspects of FEMA's flood risk mapping activities:A.) How to improve in a cost-effective manner the: 1.) Accuracy, general quality, ease of use, and distribution and dissemination of flood insurance rate maps and risk data; and 2.)Performance metrics and milestones required to effectively and efficiently map flood risk areas in the United States.B.) Mapping standards and guidelines for: 1.)Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs); and 2.)Data accuracy, data quality, data currency, and data eligibility;C.) How to maintain, on an ongoing basis, FIRMs and flood risk identification; andD.) Procedures for delegating mapping activities to State and local mapping partners.
How is membership balanced?*Pursuant to section 100215(b)(1), the TMAC includes four members designated by statute and sixteen appointed members. The four designated members of the Council serve as Regular Government Employees and consist of:1) The Administrator or the designee thereof; 2) The Secretary of the Interior or the designee thereof; 3) The Secretary of Agriculture or the designee thereof;4) The Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere or the designee thereof.The sixteen additional members of the Council are appointed by the Administrator or designee. These members are appointed based on their demonstrated knowledge and competence regarding surveying, cartography, remote sensing, geographic information systems, or the technical aspects of preparing and using FIRMs. To the maximum extent practicable, the membership of the Council will have a balance of Federal, State, local, tribal and private members, and include geographic diversity including representation from areas with coastline on the Gulf of Mexico and other States containing areas identified by the Administrator as at high risk for flooding or as areas having special flood hazard areas. These members are selected from among the following professional associations or organizations:a.) One member of a recognized professional surveying association or organization; b.) One member of a recognized professional mapping association or organization; c.) One member of a recognized professional engineering association or organization;d.) One member of a recognized professional association or organization representing flood hazard determination firms;e.) One representative of the United States Geological Survey;f.) One representative of a recognized professional association or organization representing State geographic information;g.) One representative of State national flood insurance coordination offices;h.) One representative of the Corps of Engineers;i.) One member of a recognized regional flood and storm water management organization;j.) Two representatives of different State government agencies that have entered into cooperating technical partnerships with the Administrator and have demonstrated the capability to produce FIRMs;k.) Two representatives of different local government agencies that have entered into cooperating technical partnerships with the Administrator and have demonstrated the capability to produce flood insurance maps;l.) One member of a recognized floodplain management association or organization;m.) One member of a recognized risk management association or organization;n.) One State mitigation officer.The non-Federal members in a., b., c., d., i., l., m., and n. serve as Special Government Employees as defined in Title 18, United States Code, section 202(a). The members in e., and h., serve as Regular Government Employees. The non-Federal members in f., g., j., and k. serve as representatives of their respective associations or organizations and are not Special Government Employees as defined in Title 18 of United States Code, section 202(a). Members may serve terms of office of up to 3 consecutive years. The FEMA Administrator or the designee may reappoint or extend members for additional
terms up to a cumulative total of 6 consecutive years in the same role on the TMAC. If an individual is newly appointed to the TMAC, their tenure will be counted by the date they are appointed as a member or representative. Memberships of the Secretary of the Interior, Secretary of Agriculture, Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and the FEMA Administrator, or their designees, will be exempt from this limit of 6 consecutive years. When the TMAC terminates, all appointments to the Council shall terminate.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*Estimated Number of Meetings per Year - 6 Estimated
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*As mandated by the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012, and the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act of 2014, The TMAC will be responsible for delivering an Annual Report: A report with recommendations on how to improve elements of the flood mapping program including the mapping products themselves, program performance metrics, standards, guidelines, map maintenance, delegation, and how to improve interagency and intergovernmental coordination. The TMAC is comprised of representatives from federal, state, local and private sector organizations as mandated in The Biggert Waters Reform Act of 2012 and governed by the FACA requirements.
Why close or partially close meetings?Although the Federal Advisory Committee Act requires that committee meetings be open to the public, there are certain exceptions enumerated in 5 U.S.C. 552b, “Open Meetings,” that allow for closure of committee meetings under certain circumstances. In order to satisfy the Administrator's requests for consideration of proposed Departmental initiatives, and due to the nature of certain sensitive information that the TMAC must consider as part of its responsibility in advising the Administrator and the Secretary, TMAC meetings were closed to the public, in accordance with the provision cited above.
Recommendation Remarks


Outcome Improvement To Health Or Safety*NoAction Reorganize Priorities*No
Outcome Trust In GovernmentYesAction Reallocate ResourcesNo
Outcome Major Policy ChangesNoAction Issued New RegulationsNo
Outcome Advance In Scientific ResearchNoAction Proposed LegislationNo
Outcome Effective Grant MakingNoAction Approved Grants Or Other PaymentsNo
Outcome Improved Service DeliveryNoAction OtherNo
Outcome Increased Customer SatisfactionNoAction CommentNot Applicable
Outcome Implement Laws/Reg RequirementsYesGrants Review*No
Outcome OtherNoNumber Of Grants Reviewed0
Outcome CommentNot ApplicableNumber Of Grants Recommended0
Cost Savings*Unable to DetermineDollar Value Of Grants Recommended$0.00
Cost Savings CommentNot ApplicableGrants Review CommentNot Applicable
Number Of Recommendations*133Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*No
Number Of Recommendations CommentNAAccess Agency WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented*36.09%Access Committee WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentNot ApplicableAccess GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*39.10%Access PublicationsYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentNot ApplicableAccess OtherNo
Agency Feedback*YesAccess CommentNot Applicable
Agency Feedback Comment*When the TMAC Annual Report is received, the FEMA Administrator acknowledges receipt, via PDF.

As a result of the most recent GAO audit No. 104079, FEMA Flood Mapping, FEMA was requested to provide a report on the status of the TMAC recommendations to date. Therefore, FEMA intends to deliver a report to Congress by the end of 2021. This report will summarize actions that FEMA has taken to address TMAC recommendations and will explain why some recommendations have been deferred, or may no longer apply.
Narrative Description*FEMA’s Mission Statement: Helping people before, during, and after disasters.
The Strategic Plan sets out three overarching Strategic Goals:
2022-2026 FEMA Strategic Plan: Building the FEMA our Nation Needs and Deserves
•Instill Equity as a Foundation of Emergency Management.
The nation needs all communities to be resilient. Proactively prioritizing actions that advance equity for communities and identifying groups that have historically been underserved or disproportionately affected by disasters is critical for their resilience.
•Lead Whole of Community in Climate Resilience.
Natural disasters often disproportionately affect people in underserved communities where weakened infrastructure, fewer resources, and less support to invest in hazard mitigation can compound a disaster’s impact. Therefore, equity and environmental justice considerations must be cornerstones of how the nation builds resilience. FEMA must make targeted efforts to increase resilience for underserved individuals and communities.
•Promote and Sustain a Ready FEMA and Prepared Nation.
FEMA must expand its approach to agency readiness and to national preparedness. The only way to achieve this is to increase the nation’s overall emergency management capabilities at all levels of government, as well as the private sector, the nonprofit sector, and among individuals.
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Payments to Non-Federal Members*$0.00Est Payments to Non-Fed Members Next FY*$0.00
Payments to Federal Members*$40,020.00Est. Payments to Fed Members Next FY*$43,000.00
Payments to Federal Staff*$115,172.34Estimated Payments to Federal Staff*$95,000.00
Payments to Consultants*$280,000.00Est. Payments to Consultants Next FY*$300,000.00
Travel Reimb. For Non-Federal Members*$0.00Est Travel Reimb Non-Fed Members nextFY*$30,000.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Members*$0.00Est Travel Reimb For Fed Members*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Staff*$0.00Est. Travel Reimb to Fed Staff Next FY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Consultants*$0.00Est Travel Reimb to Consultants Next FY*$10,000.00
Other Costs$3,360.48Est. Other Costs Next FY*$4,000.00
Total Costs$438,552.82Est. Total Next FY*$482,000.00
Date Cost Last Modified11/9/2022 10:10 AMEst. Fed Staff Support Next FY*0.80
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*0.60Est Cost RemarksTrave for in person meetings is resuming for FY23.
Cost Remarks3360.48 "other" is the cost of printing the reports

Payments to consultants is estimated as 25%/per support team (1 PM, 3 PTS), at $70k per team (.25FTE total/team)
Hide Section - Interest Areas

Interest Areas

Applied Science
Basic Science
Basic Sciences
Emergency Preparedness and Management
Disaster Assistance
Earthquake, Flood, and Fire Hazards and Administration


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ActionCommittee System IDSubcommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-040654Subcommittee 12022
 COM-040655Subcommittee 22022
 COM-040656Subcommittee 32022


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Data from Previous Years

ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-039308Technical Mapping Advisory Council (FEMA)2021
 COM-038477Technical Mapping Advisory Council (FEMA)2020
 COM-036212Technical Mapping Advisory Council (FEMA)2019
 COM-032829Technical Mapping Advisory Council (FEMA)2018
 COM-001277Technical Mapping Advisory Council (FEMA)2017
 COM-003001Technical Mapping Advisory Council (FEMA)2016
 COM-003420Technical Mapping Advisory Council (FEMA)2015
 COM-005142Technical Mapping Advisory Council (FEMA)2014
 COM-005518Federal Emergency Management Agency Technical Mapping Advisory Council2013