Puerto Rico Recovery: FEMA Made Progress in Approving Projects, but Should Identify and Assess Risks to the Recovery, Report to Congressional Requesters   [open pdf - 4MB]

From the Highlights: "More than 3 years after hurricanes Irma and Maria struck the territory, Puerto Rico's recovery is ongoing and will be one of the largest in FEMA's history. Further complicating the recovery, Puerto Rico experienced a series of earthquakes in 2019 and 2020, and the impacts of COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] starting in March 2020. FEMA is the lead federal agency responsible for assisting Puerto Rico as it recovers from these disasters and administers the Public Assistance program in partnership with the government of Puerto Rico to provide funds to rebuild damaged infrastructure and restore services. GAO [Government Accountability Office] was asked to review federal recovery efforts in Puerto Rico. In this report, GAO examines (1) the status of FEMA's Public Assistance grant program funding and projects in Puerto Rico, and (2) the extent to which FEMA has identified and assessed potential risks to the recovery. GAO analyzed program documents and data on the Public Assistance program through January 15, 2021; conducted site visits to Puerto Rico; and interviewed FEMA and Puerto Rico government officials regarding the status and potential risks to recovery efforts."

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