On Aug. 28, FEMA published for public comment in the Federal Register updates to the Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) grant program and mitigation planning regulations to synchronize the requirements enacted by the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012 (BW-12). In addition, FEMA is replacing substantially similar terms and definitions in BW-12 to better align with the Code of Federal Regulations Title 2 part 200: Uniform Administrative Guidance. This update of outdated terms and definitions also impacts FEMA’s Property Acquisition and Relocation for Open Space, mitigation planning and Hazard Mitigation Grant Program regulations. Since the passage of BW-12, FEMA has implemented these updates and is in now making the changes administratively in statute. The 60-day public comment period is open until Oct. 27. Visit regulations.gov and provide comments to Docket ID: FEMA-2019-0011.