City of Eureka, Missouri, Needs Additional Assistance and Monitoring to Ensure Proper Management of Its $1.5 Million FEMA Grant [open pdf - 1MB]
"Most of the City's policies, procedures, and business practices are adequate to account for grant funds according to Federal regulations and FEMA guidelines. However, the City's procurement policies, procedures, and business practices are not adequate to meet minimum Federal standards and address key procurement elements such as --  using full and open competition to minimize risk of unreasonable contract costs, fraud, waste, and abuse;  providing sufficient opportunities for disadvantaged firms to compete for federally funded work; and  protecting against conflicts of interest. At the time of our fieldwork, FEMA had not completed project worksheets to define the complete scope of disaster work. Because of these uncertainties, Missouri, as FEMA's grant recipient, should provide the City additional technical assistance and increased monitoring. Doing so should provide FEMA reasonable assurance that the City will follow Federal procurement standards in spending the estimated $1.5 million of disaster-related costs."
Department of Homeland Security, Office of Inspector General, Report No. OIG-16-137-D
Department of Homeland Security, Office of the Inspector General: https://www.oig.dhs.gov/