Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness
7667 Independence Boulevard
Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70806
Re: Second Appeal – Office of Coastal Protection and Restoration, PA ID 000-UTFMG-00, FEMA-4080-DR-LA, Project Worksheet (PW) 1557 – Legal Responsibility – Other Federal Agency – Duplication of Benefits
Dear Mr. Waskom:
This is in response to a letter from your office dated April 15, 2016, which transmitted the referenced second appeal on behalf of Office of Coastal Protection and Restoration (Applicant). The Applicant is appealing the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) denial of costs to repair 119 Coastal Reference Monitoring System (CRMS) sites for $214,319.43.
As explained in the enclosed analysis, I have determined that Public Assistance funding is precluded because the Coastal Wetlands Planning, Protection and Restoration Act of 1990 creates an ongoing Federal program to specifically address maintenance and restoration and there is a duplication of benefits. The Applicant also failed to provide documentation, such as predisaster maintenance or inspection reports, demonstrating that the damage sustained by the CRMS sites was a result of the declared disaster. Accordingly, I am denying this appeal.
Please inform the Applicant of my decision. This determination is the final decision on this matter pursuant to 44 C.F.R. § 206.206, Appeals.
cc: George A. Robinson
FEMA Region VI