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<DOC> FEDERAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY (FEMA) Statement of Regulatory Priorities The Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA's) primary mission is to develop and implement an integrated and viable national program for emergency management. FEMA's goals are to: <bullet> Establish a risk-based, all-hazards national emergency management partnership involving FEMA, other Federal agencies, State and local governments, and volunteer and private organizations; <bullet> Improve the effectiveness of all levels of government to mitigate, prepare for, respond to, and recover from the effects of all hazards, regardless of cause; <bullet> Assist in the development of preparedness planning programs at State and local levels to increase communities's abilities to cope with disaster and emergency situations of all types; <bullet> Provide training programs and materials for all levels of government that are responsive to planning and operational needs for all-hazards emergency management, flexible to changes in those needs, and readily disseminated to the field; <bullet> Establish a comprehensive exercise program for all levels of government that satisfies the demonstration of capability, evaluation of performance, and correction of issues identified; <bullet> Develop guidance for Federal departments and agencies, State and local governments and the private sector for use in the implementation of national security emergency preparedness policy and the development of plans and programs to support a national security emergency; <bullet> Coordinate the development and implementation of plans for the operation and continuity of essential domestic emergency functions of the Federal Government during national security emergencies; and <bullet> Develop comprehensive mitigation programs with emphasis on improved design and construction practices, sound land use management policies and increased public awareness in order to reduce losses to life and property from the effects of natural and other hazards. To achieve its missions and goals, FEMA's regulatory priority is to accomplish emergency management objectives while reducing administrative procedures and minimizing costs. FEMA administers its programs in partnership with Federal, State, and local governments, using the minimum regulatory activity necessary to achieve the desired results. In the coming year, FEMA expects to continue to work actively with the Administration to streamline the regulatory process, to promote public involvement in the rulemaking process, to reach out to affected constituencies, and otherwise to ensure that FEMA's regulatory programs are consistent with the regulatory philosophy and principles of regulation set forth in Executive Order 12866, Regulatory Planning and Review. Based on FEMA's regulatory policy and the Administration's regulatory principles, the regulatory activities contemplated by FEMA for fiscal year 1995 are limited to actions that: <bullet> Implement congressionally authorized or Administration- supported programs, for example, revisions to the National Flood Insurance Act; merger and integration of the Federal Civil Defense Act and the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act; implementation of the Arson Prevention Act; the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program assistance to State and local governments; revision of FEMA responsibilities under the Defense Production Act of 1950, as amended; <bullet> Streamline program management, increase fiscal accountability, and reduce the costs of existing programs, e.g., review and revise 44 CFR in light of the recent reorganization of FEMA; revise policies and procedures for assistance to individual disaster victims, administrative remedies for false claims and statements, and fees for radiological emergency preparedness planning services; and <bullet> Reflect changes in laws, conditions, policy, technological advancement or experience from program operations, for example, changes made in the National Flood Insurance Act, the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, the Federal Civil Defense Act, the Fire Prevention and Control Act, the FEMA appropriations act, and other legislation; and changes resulting from FEMA experience in responding to recent disasters. BILLING CODE 6718-01-F
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