FEMA Should Recover $216.2 Million Awarded to the Recovery School District in Louisiana for Hurricane Katrina [open pdf - 5MB]
From the Document: "In some instances, the Recovery School District in Louisiana (RSD) accounted for and expended portions of the $1.3 billion in Public Assistance grant funds we reviewed according to Federal regulations. However, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) improperly awarded $216.2 million to repair or replace more than 292 Orleans Parish school facilities in RSD. Specifically:  FEMA used a cost estimate rather than actual costs to determine how much to award RSD for schools that were already completed, thus improperly awarding $156.6 million to RSD.  FEMA duplicated benefits by not reducing the amount of the award by $57 million to account for other Federal grant funds RSD received.  FEMA improperly awarded $2.6 million to replace portable school buildings that were not RSD's legal responsibility at the time of the hurricane. The improper awards occurred primarily because FEMA did not follow Federal regulations and its own guidance for awarding Federal funds."
Department of Homeland Security, Office of the Inspector General, Report No. OIG-20-63
Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General: https://www.oig.dhs.gov/