FEMA Should Recover $9.9 Million of $36.6 Million Awarded to the Town of North Hempstead, New York, for Hurricane Sandy Damages [open pdf - 4MB]
"What We Found[:] The Town did not always comply with Federal grant requirements. Of the $20.9 million we reviewed, we questioned $9.1 million composed of the following amounts:  $4,894,551 for contracts that did not meet Federal standards,  $3,229,478 for costs claimed twice,  $562,387 for unsupported costs, and  $405,158 for costs that insurance paid. In addition, we identified $791,175 in funds that FEMA should put to better use. The Town completed work in October 2013 on a project for $791,175 less than FEMA's estimate. These findings occurred, in part, because the Town was unfamiliar with Federal grant requirements. However, it was New York's responsibility as FEMA's grantee to ensure that its subgrantee, the Town, was aware of and complied with all Federal regulations and FEMA guidelines applicable to FEMA Public Assistance grants. FEMA Response[:] FEMA officials agreed with our findings and recommendations and provided written comments on July 27, 2016, which we included as appendix D."
Department of Homeland Security, Office of Inspector General, Report No. OIG-16-140-D
Department of Homeland Security, Office of the Inspector General: https://www.oig.dhs.gov/