o Georgetown County, South Carolina, applied under disaster declaration DR-843-SC for a grant under HMGP for the relocation of its Emergency Operating Center (EOC), to purchase new communications equipment, and to add a new emergency power generator. FEMA Region IV denied approval, and Georgetown County appealed. Region IV denied the appeal.
• Reason for Denial
o The proposed project did not meet the criteria for eligibility under regulations of the HMGP provided in 44 CFR 206.434, because the application did not have sufficient information to determine HMGP eligibility and the project also qualified for funds under other Federal authority, a Duplication of Programs (DOP).
o 44 CFR 206.434 Eligibility; 44 CFR 206.440 Appeals
o The subapplicant submitted the 2nd appeal based on the premises that information in the application to determine HMGP eligibility was sufficient, the qualification for funds under other Federal authority (DOP) was immaterial, and the project was eligible for funding under the HMGP simply because it is a hazard mitigation measure.
• FEMA Findings
o The 2nd appeal decision was to uphold the 1st appeal denial.
o The rationale for the decision was agreement with the reasons stipulated by Region IV for the 1st appeal denial, and additionally that HMGP funds are not appropriately used to increase operational capability or modernize equipment.
o Reference(s): 44 CFR 206.434 Eligibility; 44 CFR 206.440 Appeals