Audit of the Federal Emergency Management Agency Public Assistance Grant Funding Awarded to the State of Washington's Department of General Administration After the Nisqually Earthquake   [open pdf - 3MB]

"The Office of Inspector General (OIG) audited public assistance grant funds awarded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to the State of Washington's Department of General Administration, Olympia, Washington (Department) as a result of damages caused by the February 2001 Nisqually earthquake. The objective of the audit was to determine whether the Department expended and accounted for FEMA funds according to federal regulations and FEMA guidelines. Appendix A provides more details concerning the objective, scope, and methodology of the audit. We reviewed documentation relative to the Department's claim for reimbursement of about $19.3 million in disaster-related repair costs and questioned $4,899,578 (FEMA's share is $3,674,684). Table 1 shows our findings and the associated questioned costs and Appendix B provides a schedule of the projects audited. We provided our results to FEMA, State of Washington's Emergency Management Division, and the Department in December 2005 and June 2006. The Emergency Management Division and the Department did not concur with the findings and recommendations. At our June 2006 exit conference, the Department asked for an opportunity to respond in writing and provided written responses on September 11, 2006. We summarized the responses in the Results of Audit section of the report and provided our analysis and additional comments. As appropriate, we modified our results based on additional information provided by the Department. FEMA Region X officials were also provided with the Department's responses but those officials reserved comments until we issued the report."

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Department of Homeland Security, Office of Inspector General, DS-07-01
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United States Department of Homeland Security: http://www.dhs.gov
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