ABSTRACT

FEMA Needs to Reduce the $579 Million Backlog of Projects in Its New York Public Assistance Grant Program   [open pdf - 3MB]

From the Document: "The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Region II (Region II) and New York State's Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services (DHSES) generally complied with PA policies, procedures, and regulations, but have not adequately monitored or promptly closed hundreds of completed projects. This has created a backlog of 605 completed projects totaling $578.8 million. This large backlog is a result of DHSES not adequately training grant subrecipients, FEMA changing its guidance to DHSES and subrecipients, and FEMA and DHSES not effectively using quarterly progress reports to monitor project status and manage project closeouts. Five hundred additional projects with an awarded amount of nearly $5 billion are expected to be completed and ready for closeout in the coming years. If Region II and DHSES do not address the procedural deficiencies in the closeout process, they will not be adequately prepared for the next wave of projects ready for closeout. In addition, the large project closeout backlog has led to delays in reimbursing subrecipients, which could negatively affect some entities' local operating budgets."

Report Number:
Department of Homeland Security, Office of Inspector General, Report No. OIG-21-23
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Date:
2021-03-05
Copyright:
Public Domain
Retrieved From:
Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General: https://www.oig.dhs.gov/
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pdf
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