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ALERT: Your FEMA/NFIP Links May Not Work

Those of you who are active in selling flood insurance are probably familiar with the ongoing series of related bulletins issued by FEMA/NFIP
September 4, 2012

Those of you who are active in selling flood insurance are probably familiar with the ongoing series of related bulletins issued by FEMA/NFIP. For many years, FEMA/NFIP has utilized outside third-party vendors for its websites. This was done throughout the government as a cost-saving effort, however in recent years disputes have developed between some of these vendors and the federal government, sometimes leading to litigation over who owns the data. At the same time, there has been increasing concern about maintaining data and system security in systems that the government does not control.

As a result, the Office of management and Budget (OMB) and the U.S. Inspector General are instructing federal agencies to move off legacy systems as soon as practical, and retain internal control, storage and management of all core e-systems, data and access, as well as follow new federal contracting guidelines to these ends. Over the last year, FEMA/NFIP has made a series of changes to their several outside contracted vendors, who handle the majority areas of FEMA/NFIP information, systems, data and technology access. This is happening at the same time that FEMA/NFIP is moving forward with their ongoing plans to shift off of legacy systems (target effective date 10-01-12).

What It Means to Agencies: The effect of these changes (and more to come) is that the many information links that you may use across a broad spectrum of FEMA information may have changed, been broken or no longer lead to archived reference information. FEMA/NFIP is aware of this and is making repairs as quickly as possible, but another set of “disturbances” will be occurring in their systems in early September. During September, we will be working with FEMA/NFIP to audit and confirm that all proper links to current and archived information are up and working on the PIA National site.

However, for now, PIA encourages you to access and keep in your files the actual bulletins and information pieces that we provide on NFIP, rather than merely listing or saving the links.

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