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Second Appeal Summary
PA ID# 071-00000; San Bernardino County Department of Transportation
DSR ID# 50781; Snow Removal
Citation: FEMA-1203-DR-CA; San Bernardino County Department of Transportation; DSR 50781
Cross- Reference: Snowstorm; Snow Removal; Interim Snow Policy; Emergency Protective Measures
Summary: Following the El Nino storms of 1998, San Bernardino County Department of Transportation (subgrantee) removed snow from approximately 410 miles of roads. FEMA prepared DSR 50781 for $214,786 to fund snow removal from County- maintained roads. FEMA determined the eligible costs over a three- month period ($649,786) and reduced this amount by the County's snow removal budget for the same three- month period ($435,000). By this approach, FEMA funded the eligible costs above the amount that had been budgeted for by the County. The subgrantee submitted a first appeal disagreeing with FEMA's methodology for determining the approved eligible cost. The subgrantee asserted that the budgeted amount FEMA used in its calculation included eligible and ineligible costs and, therefore, resulted in a higher reduction to the final approved amount. The subgrantee proposed a different methodology and requested that DSR 50781 be revised to increase the approved amount to $538,840. FEMA's Regional Director denied the appeal because the subgrantee did not provide documentation to support its request. In the second appeal, the subgrantee reiterates its disagreement with FEMA's methodology. The Governor's Office of Emergency Services supports the subgrantee's second appeal, but suggests a smaller increase in eligible funding.
Issues: Is the applicant eligible for any additional funding for snow removal?
Findings: No. The disaster was not based on snowfall. Therefore, only limited assistance for snow removal is eligible based on a determination by the Federal Coordinating Officer.
Rationale: 44 CFR 206.227; FEMA's Interim Snow Policy dated December 3, 1997