Flood Insurance Reform and Modernization
Implementing the Biggert-Waters Act of 2012

David L. Miller
Associate Administrator
Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration

Kristin E. Cormier Robinson
Senior Advisor
Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration

April 10, 2013 -- 12:00-1:00 PM Eastern Time

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Related Web Resources:
Biggert-Waters Act
ASFPM Summary
NFIP Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012 Website
Implementation Timeline

3/29/2013 Memorandum for Write Your Own Principal Coordinators
Flood Insurance Manual Effective January 1, 2013

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4 star rating 41 Ratings Submitted

5 Stars 7 (17%) Academia 1 (2%)

4 Stars 25 (61%) Business 7 (17%)

3 Stars 9 (22%) Government 30 (73%)

2 Stars 0 (0%) Volunteers 1 (2%)

1 Star 0 (0%) Other 2 (5%)
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"Very well done. Enjoyed and benefited from the Q&A discussion."
Bob Freitag
University of Washington

"Never got my question recognized." [Note: Unaddressed questions have been forwarded to FEMA.  You may also address specific questions to fema-iga@fema.dhs.gov ]

"Good discussion."

"Very timely and useful information."
Jack Brock
City of Laurel, MD

"Good presentation by Dave. Clear, straightforward and easy to understand."
Rob McAleer
Maine Emergency Management Agency

"We need to get this information out to community leaders and home owners. Not sure that either has a good understanding of what's happening. Simplicity and plain-speak is refreshing."
Mike Parker

"Thanks for a helpful workshop. Was great to hear someone who could really explain. CRS information was new for me."

"Great background on the changes. Dave provided the nuanced, informed responses to a series of challenging questions. Great venue for the outreach. "

"Very helpful."
Jerry Gilbert
Engineering Perfection, PLLC

"Amy did a great job, and I really appreciated the opportunity to get this information in the forum. Getting to ask questions was invaluable. Amy's insights and questions mirrored my own (she's on the ball!). Thank you very much."
Joy Brooks
State of Michigan (Department of Environmental Quality)

"Outstanding webinar. Very good speakers. I will contact FEMA to see if we can create a similar webinar for local municipalities. Thank you for hosting this event."
David Kvinge
Westchester County Dept of Planning

"It was an excellent presentation. Look forward to seeing the answers to all of the questions that we were unable to get to."

"Thank you for providing this overview and we'll look forward to getting your power point to share with our Board of County Commissioners."
Perquimans County NC

"Very helpful. I look forward to more of these discussions on webex. Thanks again."
William Kelly Baty, Hydrogeologist for Loudoun County, VA, a CTP grantee participant
Loudoun County, VA Dept. of Building and Development

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David Miller joined FEMA as Associate Administrator of the Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration (FIMA) during September 2011. Prior to that, he served as the Administrator for the Iowa Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management where he served as the Governor’s Authorized Representative for eleven President-declared major disasters; including what historically, is the largest disaster to occur in the State of Iowa and is the fifth largest disaster in the United States.

He was responsible for the execution of Hazard Mitigation grant funds in excess of $350 million dollars. Under Dave’s leadership, Iowa achieved national accreditation under the Emergency Management Accreditation Program and was one of only twelve States to have an approved Enhanced State Hazard Mitigation Plan allowing for increased mitigation funding under the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program. Dave served in several positions with the Iowa Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, prior to serving as Administrator from 1989 to 2004 including Chief of Staff, Program Manager, and Executive Officer.

Dave has also served as the President and Vice-President of the National Emergency Management Association, as well as Chairs of the Legislative, Homeland Security, and Mitigation Committees. Dave is a graduate the Naval Postgraduate School’s Executive Education Program in Homeland Security and also served on the National Advisory Council. He has also served in the U.S. Navy as a radioman.

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Kristin E. Cormier Robinson is the Senior Advisor to the Associate Administrator for the Flood Insurance and Mitigation. Ms. Cormier Robinson took on this role in 2011 when the Associate Administrator was appointed.  In this role, she advises leadership on a variety of issues including legislative, disaster, and agency matters addressing mitigation and the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).& Ms. Cormier-Robinson led the team that coordinated assistance to Congressional staff in the drafting of reauthorization of NFIP in the Biggert Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012.  She currently is the team lead in coordinating the agency’s implemEntation of the legislation.

From July 2009 – September 2011, she served as an Advisor to the Administrator of FEMA. In that role, she advised the Administrator on disaster declarations and coordinated interface on declarations between the Department of Homeland Security and the White House.

Prior to joining FEMA, Robinson was the Government Relations Director for the National Emergency Management Association (NEMA). In the position since 2001, Kristin tracked homeland security and emergency management legislation and played an active role in the passage of legislation to form the Department of Homeland Security, the Intelligence Reform Act, and the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000, as well as getting increases to emergency management capacity building programs and a cost-share change for emergency operations centers construction.

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