ABSTRACT

Inadequate FEMA Oversight Delayed Completion and Closeout of Louisiana's Public Assistance Projects   [open pdf - 3MB]

From the Highlights: "From 2013 to 2018, Louisiana received nearly $957 million to help recover from nine federally-declared disasters. Our objective was to determine to what extent the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) ensures Louisiana manages and provides oversight of Public Assistance (PA) grants to ensure compliance with Federal regulations. [...] FEMA did not ensure Louisiana adequately managed and provided oversight of PA grants to make certain the State complied with Federal regulations. Specifically, Louisiana had a backlog of 600 incomplete projects beyond their approved completion dates. We attribute this to the State not conducting regular site visits to assess subrecipients' ongoing projects and identify and resolve issues as they arose that would have helped ensure prompt project completion. In addition, FEMA had a backlog of 2,150 completed grant projects it had not closed out due to inadequate oversight of its Region 6 staff to ensure they promptly carried out this responsibility."

Report Number:
OIG-21-50
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Date:
2021-07-27
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Public Domain
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Office of Inspector General, Department of Homeland Security: https://www.oig.dhs.gov/
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pdf
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