Preventing Improperly Paid Federal Assistance in the Aftermath of Disasters, Hearing Before the Ad Hoc Subcommittee on Disaster Recovery and Intergovernmental Affairs of the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, United States Senate, One Hundred Twelfth Congress, First Session, March 17, 2011 [open pdf - 3MB]
From the opening statement of Mark L. Pryor: "Today, we will discuss ways to prevent the Federal Government from making improper payments in the wake of these disasters. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has determined that improper payments by government agencies have risen from an estimated $20 billion at the turn of the century, to $125 billion in 2010. As we prepare our government to more effectively manage the increased numbers of disasters, it is absolutely critical that we also work to ensure that Federal Government resources are distributed more efficiently in the aftermath. Federal agencies provide many types of disaster assistance to survivors, and there are many government agencies involved. One thing I want to emphasize is that we are not out to vilify the disaster victims or to subject those who have already suffered harsh tragedies and debt collection efforts and financial ruin, et cetera. We are not out to say that they are at fault." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Elizabeth Zimmerman, Michael Chodos, Peggy Gustafson, Matt Jadacki, Mark L. Pryor, and Mary L.Landrieu.
S. Hrg. 112-82; Senate Hearing 112-82
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