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Mitigation Planning Interim Final Rule (October 28, 2003)

FEMA published an Interim Final Rule in the FEDERAL REGISTER on October 28, 2003, that clarified the date by which local mitigation plans would be required as a condition of receiving project grant funds under the Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) program. Because of delays in implementing the Fiscal Year 2003 (FY03) PDM program (the first year of the program), it became clear in Calendar Year 2003 that the FY03 grants would not be awarded until after the November 1, 2003, deadline established in the original Interim Final Rule that FEMA published on February 26, 2002. FEMA, therefore, decided it was necessary to clarify that local plans would not be required as a condition for PDM project grants awarded from the FY03 competition. The Interim Final Rule published on October 28, 2003, clarified that local governments must have an approved mitigation plan to receive project grants under any Notice of Funding Opportunity issued after November 1, 2003 (i.e., for FY04 and subsequent years’ programs).