Oversight of Gulf Coast Hurricane Recovery [December 30, 2005]   [open pdf - 4MB]

Alternate Title: Oversight of Gulf Coast Hurricane Recovery: A 90-Day Report to Congress [December 30, 2005]

"Just two weeks after Hurricane Katrina subsided, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) started tracking key vulnerability areas for the federal Inspectors General (IGs), as a means to stem any hemorrhaging of funds, stop any uncontrolled spending, and establish a strong anti-fraud message for companies who were awarded contracts in the first several weeks. The federal IGs issued their consolidated oversight plan in the Compendium of OIG Hurricane Oversight in the Gulf States to Congress on December 12, 2005. This plan (see Appendix A) included a matrix of planned oversight activity on a multi-agency and single-agency basis. The plan is designed to ensure accountability, prevent duplication, and focus heavily on prevention, which includes reviewing internal controls, monitoring, and advising department officials on precedent-setting decisions and procurement vehicles and methods before they are finalized. Oversight personnel are meeting with applicants, contractors, and grantees to advise them of their fiduciary responsibilities and assess their capability to account for the funds. The plans also encompass an aggressive and ongoing audit and investigative effort designed to ensure that disaster relief funds are being spent wisely and to identify fraud, waste, and abuse as early as possible."

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