FEMA's Map Modernization Program Gets Boost from Industry Association

Mike DePue Selected to Guide ASFPM Floodplain Subcommittee

Beltsville, MD – The Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFPM) has selected Mike DePue, P.E., senior program manager with PBS&J, to chair its newly formed Cost Savings and Leverage Subcommittee.  With anticipated participation from many leaders in the floodplain mapping community, this subcommittee will help identify and address key issues emerging from FEMA’s Map Modernization Program. 

Begun in 2001, the seven-year, over $1 billion Map Modernization Program is a nationwide effort to upgrade FEMA’s entire 100,000-plus flood panel map inventory as well as provide enhancements to related products, processes, and services. As this program enters its final years, budgets will become ever tighter, and mapping partners will need to be as efficient as possible. ASFPM is supporting its constituents by providing an independent review of mapping standards and costs, and offering proposals to FEMA for potential cost savings and quality improvements.

As part of this effort, the newly formed ASFPM subcommittee will evaluate ways to leverage the FEMA inventory in alternative ways.  This might include decreasing the number of DFIRM panels, creating online print-on-demand functionality, improving map maintenance and base mapping updating, and migrating toward local ownership of Letters of Map Change – to name just a few of the expected topics. 

DePue explains, “We have a tremendous opportunity to really leverage the data and the relationships that have been created through this program. Our goal is to find ways to make the best out of the available FEMA flood mapping budget with the highest quality product possible. We can do this by bringing the knowledge and experiences of the ASFPM mapping community to bear on these critical issues, and focusing the available resources where they make the most difference to the end users of the maps.”

DePue is an acknowledged leader in the floodplain mapping arena. Since early inception, he has worked intimately with FEMA’s Map Modernization Program, managing hundreds of FEMA flood map revisions in as many as 17 states in his work.  He is a certified flood plain manager and registered professional engineer. 

The first meeting of the Cost Savings and Leverage Sub-Committee was held at the ASFPM Conference in Madison, Wisconsin on June 13, 2005.

This year, PBS&J (www.pbsj.com) celebrates its 45th year of continuous growth and success in meeting the challenging planning, environmental, engineering, architecture, construction management, and program management needs of its clients.  Over the past decades, PBS&J has expanded from a small Southeast-based engineering firm to a nationwide leader in the civil, construction, environmental, and transportation markets. The employee-owned firm is ranked by Engineering News-Record as 21st among the nation’s top consulting firms.  PBS&J has 3,700 employees and more than 70 offices located throughout the U.S. and abroad.