Ruben D. Almaguer
Florida Department of Emergency Management
2555 Shumard Oak Boulevard
Tallahassee, Florida 32399
Dear Mr. Almaguer:
I am writing in response to the Florida Department of Emergency Management's request dated January 9, 2009 for FEMA to review the second level appeal for the County of St. Lucie, FL. This second appeal follows the decision by the FEMA Region IV Office in Atlanta, GA not to award the application submitted under the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP).
FEMA Headquarters personnel have thoroughly reviewed the information submitted with this second level appeal. After careful consideration I have concluded that the original determination by Region IV should stand. This appeal was denied because construction began prior to the award of the grant, in violation of FEMA' s programmatic and regulatory requirements. The second level appeal does not contain new or substantive information that would provide grounds for overturning the decision made at the Region.
In conclusion, after review of the second level appeal documentation, FEMA Headquarters concurs with the determination by the Region that project did not meet eligibility standards and should not be awarded.
If you have any additional questions regarding this issue, please contact Clay Saucier, Chief, Hazard Mitigation Assistance Branch, FEMA Region IV, at (770) 220-5488.
Deborah S. Ingram
Acting Deputy Assistant Administrator for Mitigation
cc: Major Phil May, Regional Adminstrator, FEMA Region IV
Brad Loar, Director, Mitigation Division, FEMA Region IV