As established in the bylaws, members of the Council include designated members and additional members appointed by the FEMA Administrator or his designee. See U.S Code Title 42 U.S.C. § 4101a – Technical Mapping Advisory Council.
The designated members of the Council are:
- The FEMA Administrator or the designee thereof;
- The Secretary of the Interior or the designee thereof;
- The Secretary of Agriculture or the designee thereof; and,
- The Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere or the designee thereof
The appointed members may be selected from among the following professional associations or organizations:
- A member of a recognized professional surveying association or organization;
- A member of a recognized professional mapping association or organization;
- A member of a recognized professional engineering association or organization;
- A member of a recognized professional association or organization representing flood hazard determination firms;
- A representative of the United States Geological Survey;
- A representative of a recognized professional association or organization representing State geographic information;
- A representative of State national flood insurance coordination offices;
- A representative of the Corps of Engineers;
- A member of a recognized regional flood and storm water management organization;
- Two representatives of different state government agencies that have entered into cooperating technical partnerships with the Administrator and have demonstrated the capability to produce Flood Insurance Rate Mapss;
- 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;
- A member of a recognized floodplain management association or organization;
- A member of a recognized risk management association or organization;
- A State mitigation officer.
Per the Charter, the Designated Federal Officer (DFO) may establish standing subcommittees with an overarching mission to work on specific focus areas and provide advice to the Council on a continuing basis. The DFO may also establish ad-hoc subcommittees to work and report on specific focus areas. The number, designation, mission, scope, and membership of subcommittees are determined by the DFO in consultation with the Chair and Vice Chairs. The Chair may also request of the DFO to establish (or reorganize) a subcommittee. The creation and operation of the subcommittees must be approved by the DFO on behalf of FEMA.
Subcommittee membership should be balanced in relation to the subcommittee's mission and focus areas. The DFO and the Chair, with input from Council members, identify and determine the membership for the subcommittee, including a chair (and vice chair if deemed necessary).
Subcommittees will not function independently of the TMAC or provide advice or recommendations directly to FEMA. Subcommittees (standing and ad-hoc) must present all advice, recommendations, and reports to the full TMAC during a public meeting or teleconference for discussion, deliberation, and final approval. In general, the requirements of FACA do not apply to subcommittees of advisory committees that report a parent advisory committee and not directly to a federal officer or agency. The DFO and/or the Assistant Designated Federal Officer must participate in all subcommittee proceedings and minutes must be maintained for the public record.