|PW ID#||PW 252|
James W. Remillard
Missouri Department of Public Safety
State Emergency Management Agency
2302 Militia Drive, P.O. Box 116
Jefferson City, Missouri 65102
Second Appeal – Nodaway (County), PA ID: 147-99147-00, FEMA-4451-DR-MO, Project Worksheet (PW) 252 – Appeal Timeliness
Dear Mr. Remillard:
This is in response to a letter from your office dated June 14, 2021, which transmitted the referenced second appeal on behalf of Nodaway County (Applicant). The Applicant is appealing the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) denial of $239,436.38 in costs pertaining to bridge replacement.
Section 423(a) of the Stafford Act provides that any decision regarding eligibility for assistance may be appealed within 60 days after the date on which the applicant is notified of the award or denial of assistance. Implementing this provision, Title 44 of the Code of Federal Regulations, section 206.206(c), requires that applicants must file appeals within 60 days after receipt of a notice of the action that is being appealed. Grantees must then review and forward appeals within 60 days after receipt of the appeal from the applicant.
According to the Administrative Record, the Applicant filed its first appeal on January 28, 2021. However, the Missouri State Emergency Management Agency (Grantee) did not transmit the appeal until March 31, 2021. This was after the 60-day timeframe required by FEMA’s regulations, making the first appeal untimely. Therefore, this appeal is denied.
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.
Public Assistance Division
cc: Kathy D. Fields
Acting Regional Administrator
FEMA Region VII