Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on: (1) development in the Coastal Barrier Resources System (CBRS) since the enactment of the Coastal Barrier Resources Act (CBRA); (2) the extent to which federal financial assistance is being prohibited within CBRS; (3) the effectiveness of federal agency processes to certify compliance with CBRA; and (4) the types and impact of federal regulatory activities within CBRS.
Recommendations for Executive Action
|Federal Emergency Management Agency||1. To ensure that federal flood insurance policies are not written for properties in CBRS units, the Director, FEMA, should identify and cancel all ineligible federally underwritten flood insurance policies that now exist in CBRS units.|
|Federal Emergency Management Agency||2. To ensure that federal flood insurance policies are not written for properties in CBRS units, the Director, FEMA, should establish procedures to ensure that such policies are not underwritten in the future.|
|Department of the Air Force||3. To correct the inappropriate granting of financial assistance at Eglin Air Force Base, the Secretary of the Air Force should determine the fair market value of the land easement and undertake to obtain that value from the Mid-Bay Bridge Authority.|
|Department of the Interior||4. The Secretary of the Interior, as the agency head charged with providing a designee to serve as the chairperson for the Coastal Barriers Task Force, should promptly name his designee and encourage the other 10 agencies to promptly name their designees and direct the designated chairperson to promptly convene the task force to begin its work.|
|Department of the Air Force||5. The Secretary of the Air Force should ensure that future Air Force actions are consistent with the CBRA attempt to discourage development on certain coastal barriers by prohibiting new federal expenditures and financial assistance.|