WASHINGTON, D.C. -- A final rule on how FEMA administers the federal disaster assistance program was published in the Federal Register on April 21, 1999. The new rule is effective May 21, 1999.
The rule accomplishes three objectives. First, it establishes the financial criteria under which we, FEMA, recommend to the President a cost-share adjustment for permanent restorative work and for emergency work under the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (the Stafford Act).
Second, the rule states that we recommend capping the Federal share of assistance at ninety percent (90%.)
Third, we raise the $64 statewide per capita threshold that we have used since 1985 for recommending cost-share adjustments to current dollars, and will adjust that threshold annually in future years. The new threshold is phased in over a gradual period.
The rule in no way affects the current process under which the President sometimes grants one hundred percent (100%) Federal funding for emergency work, including direct Federal assistance, for limited periods following disaster declarations when the emergency needs warrant it.