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H.R. 879 (115th): Flood Insurance Integrity Act of 2017


The text of the bill below is as of Feb 6, 2017 (Introduced). The bill was not enacted into law.


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115th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 879

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

February 6, 2017

(for himself and Ms. Esty) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Financial Services

A BILL

To require the Government Accountability Office to conduct periodic reviews of the flood insurance rates and flood insurance rate maps under the national flood insurance program, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Flood Insurance Integrity Act of 2017.

2.

GAO reviews regarding flood insurance rates and rate maps

(a)

Periodic review of rate tables

During the 6-month period that begins 12 months after the date of the enactment of this Act and every 4 years thereafter, the Comptroller General of the United States shall conduct a review of the rate tables established by the Federal Emergency Management Agency for carrying out the national flood insurance program under the National Flood Insurance Act of 1968 (42 U.S.C. 4011 et seq.) and in effect at the time of such review, and shall make a determination of whether—

(1)

the chargeable premium rates for flood insurance coverage determined by such tables are actuarially sound, based on standard actuarial practices used in the private sector; and

(2)

such chargeable premium rates are sufficient to ensure the long-term financial sustainability of the national flood insurance program.

(b)

Annual review of mapping process and rate maps

During the 6-month period referred to in subsection (a) and annually thereafter, the Comptroller General, in consultation with the United States Geological Survey of the Department of the Interior, shall conduct a review of the process in effect at the time of such review for establishing and updating flood insurance rate maps under the national flood insurance program and shall make a determination of the degree of accuracy of such mapping process.

(c)

Reports

For each review conducted pursuant to subsection (a) or (b), the Comptroller General shall submit to the Congress a report describing the results of the review and the determinations made pursuant to the review.