Approval Process, Tracking, and Financial Management of DoD Disaster Relief Efforts   [open pdf - 3MB]

"Our objective was to determine whether the mission assignment process worked within DoD during the Gulf Coast relief efforts. Specifically, we evaluated the process for receiving mission assignments, delegating mission assignments to the appropriate DoD Components, and subsequently reconciling mission assignments. After announcing the audit, we removed the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the overall reconciliation process from the audit scope. However, we reviewed limited aspects of the reconciliation process when we addressed concerns identified by DoD personnel, which we discuss briefly in this report. We examined the mission assignment process used during Hurricane Katrina and developments since then. 1BDoD provided disaster relief through 121 Federal Emergency Management Agency mission assignments totaling more than $2 billion. DoD has taken several steps to improve the overall mission assignment process. Despite notable improvements, DoD continues to have issues that could affect readiness and situational awareness during disaster relief efforts. DoD did not have guidance in place during Hurricane Katrina to effectively manage financial operations. DoD can take steps on its own and through coordination with the Federal Emergency Management Agency to further improve the mission assignment process and disaster relief efforts."

Report Number:
Report No. D-2008-130
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US Department of Defense Office of Inspector General: http://www.dodig.osd.mil/
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