Look at the National Flood Insurance Program and Flood Mitigation Efforts: Is Bucks County, Pennsylvania, Ready for Another Flood? Field Hearing Before the Committee on Financial Services, U.S. House of Representatives, One Hundred Ninth Congress, Second Session, August 15, 2006 [open pdf - 4MB]
From the opening statement of Michael G. Oxley: "Today the Committee on Financial Services is holding a hearing on the National Flood Insurance Program here in Yardley, Pennsylvania, in the 8th Congressional District of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, entitled, 'A Look at the National Flood Insurance Program and Flood Mitigation Efforts: Is Bucks County, Pennsylvania, Ready for Another Flood?' I want to thank our host, Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick, for inviting the committee here today. During the 108th and 109th Congresses, this committee spent consideration time and effort on legislation to reauthorize and reform the National Flood Insurance Program. On June 30, 2004, President Bush signed the Bunning- Bereuter-Blumenaur Flood Insurance Reform Act into law. The major goal of the Flood Insurance Reform Act at the last Congress was to reauthorize and reform the program with an eye toward maintaining the financial viability of the NFIP. While some provisions were included to address administrative and procedural concerns regarding the NFIP, we did not focus on issues that were procedural in nature such as the filing of claims, the timeliness of response to the claims filing, policy holder education, and insurance agent sales and training. During deliberations on last year's reauthorization legislation concerns were raised regarding the administration of the program. In fact, several concerns were brought to the attention of FEMA." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: James F. Cawley, Carol R. Collier, Laurence D. Keller, George F. Komelasky, David I. Maurstad, Daniel Mohn, Sam Smith, C. William Winslade, Michael G. Oxley, and Jeanne Doyle.
Serial No. 109-115
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