This year will bring another routine update and revision of the CRS Coordinator’s Manual, the all-purpose reference and guidance document for the Community Rating System. The current, 2013 edition of the Coordinator’s Manual is effective until the end of this calendar year. Between now and then, minor updates are being made and it will be subject to review by the Office of Management and Budget. It is expected that a new edition will become effective early in 2017 and be in force for three years, as usual.
No major alterations are in store this cycle. Instead, attention is being paid to the following:
---Language that has been deemed potentially confusing or contradictory is being clarified, with an eye toward making the guidelines and instructions easier to understand.
---Corrections are being made to typographical errors and other minor matters, such as incorrect section numbering or mistakes in cross-references.
---All references to and links to sources of information and further assistance—both within the CRS and among outside entities—are being updated.
---The credit criteria and scoring details for flood-related special hazards (tsunami, coastal erosion, ice jams, etc.) are being moved from the separate supplements into the Coordinator’s Manual. Having all this information in one place will make it more convenient for both the communities and the CRS team.
FEMA and the CRS Task Force welcome suggestions for needed clarifications and corrections. Mention them to your ISO/CRS Specialist or send an email to NFIPCRS@iso.com.