Department of Homeland Security

Stop the Duplication of the Flood of Agencies making Flood Data

Let's stop the redundancy of various Federal Agencies, and States, that are using Taxpayer funds to generate, publish, and administer Flood Hazard Data to the public. It has to be confusing to the American public at large, and to the people living and working in or near floodplains. The agencies and States are:

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE)

The DHS/Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

The United States Geological Survey (USGS)

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

State of North Carolina, and other states.

There does not seem to be much, if any, coordination, between most of these entities regarding who is working on what and what the results are. Just look on the Internet to see all the expensive flood hazard data put out by these entities. These entities are apparently competing against each other for Federal Appropriations, or trying to grab their ‘market share’.

For instance, FEMA uses taxpayer-funded grants to support Flood Map databases in many states, while it uses taxpayer funds to operate the FEMA Map Service Center. No one seems to care.

Different sets of flood hazard data, as mentioned in the other SAVE Idea, can cause confusion and angst to people affected by different sets of flood hazard data.

It seems that none of these entities are actually doing the engineering, LiDAR, aerial reconnaissance, and land surveying work themselves to generate the Flood Hazard Data, as it is usually done by contract or grant to private Civil Engineering companies, so it appears there is plenty of room for consolidation and reduction of costs.

Expenses incurred by Federal Agencies are supposed to be pre-determined to be cost effective, by a benefit-cost analysis. Is that really being done by each of these agencies? Wikipedia reference: the Flood Control Act of 1939 was instrumental in establishing the Federal policy of Cost-benefit analysis.

Let's stop the waste of Taxpayer funds in the creation of Flood Hazard Data!

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