Daily Rules, Proposed Rules, and Notices of the Federal Government
Notice is hereby given that, in a letter dated November 26, 2008, the President amended the cost-sharing arrangements regarding Federal funds provided under the authority of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, 42 U.S.C. 5121-5207 (the Stafford Act), in a letter to R. David Paulison, Administrator, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Department of Homeland Security, as follows:
I have determined that the damage in certain areas of Texas, resulting from Hurricane Ike during the period of September 7 to October 2, 2008, is of sufficient severity and magnitude that special conditions are warranted regarding the cost-sharing arrangement concerning Federal funds provided under the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, 42 U.S.C. §§ 5121-5207 (the Stafford Act).
Therefore, I amend my previous declarations of September 13, 2008, September 16, 2008, and October 8, 2008, and authorize Federal funds for assistance for debris removal (Category A), including direct Federal assistance, under the Public Assistance program, at 100 percent of the total eligible costs for an additional six months immediately following the previous 44-day period.
This adjustment to State and local cost sharing applies only to Public Assistance costs and direct Federal assistance eligible for such adjustments under the law. The law specifically prohibits a similar adjustment for funds provided to States for Other Needs Assistance (Section 408) and the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (Section 404). These funds will continue to be reimbursed at 75 percent of total eligible costs.
This cost share is effective as of the date of the President's major disaster declaration.