FEMA Should Review the Eligibility of $523,007 of $5.4 Million in Public Assistance Grant Funds Awarded to the Borough of Belmar, New Jersey, for Hurricane Sandy Debris Removal Activities [open pdf - 353KB]
From the Document: "We audited one large project (Project 150) for debris removal activities with an award totaling $5.4 million. The audit covered the period from October 29, 2012, to December 2, 2013, during which the Borough [Burough of Belmar, New Jersey] received an advance payment of $2.0 million from the State. At the time of our audit, the Borough had completed work under the project, but had not submitted any claims for reimbursement of project expenditures to the State. The Borough provided us with a list of debris removal expenditures (force account and contract) totaling approximately $6.9 million that it planned to claim to the State under the award. We used this list of expenditures to conduct the audit. We conducted this performance audit between May 2013 and December 2013 pursuant to the 'Inspector General Act of 1978', as amended, and according to generally accepted government auditing standards. Those standards require that we plan and perform the audit to obtain sufficient, appropriate evidence to provide a reasonable basis for our findings and conclusions based upon our audit objective. We believe that the evidence obtained provides a reasonable basis for our findings and conclusions based upon our audit objective. To conduct this audit, we applied the statutes, regulations, and FEMA policies in effect at the time of the disaster."
Department of Homeland Security, Office of Inspector General, Report No. OIG-14-72-D
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