ABSTRACT

Ensuring Equitable Delivery of Disaster Benefits to Vulnerable Communities and Peoples: An Examination of GAO's Findings on the CDBG-DR Program, Virtual Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations of the Committee on Financial Services, U.S. House of Representatives, One Hundred Seventeenth Congress, Second Session, January 19, 2022   [open pdf - 31MB]

This is the January 19, 2022 hearing on "Ensuring Equitable Delivery of Disaster Benefits to Vulnerable Communities and Peoples: An Examination of GAO [Government Accountability Office]'s Findings on the CDBG-DR [Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery] Program," held before the U.S. Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations of the Committee on Financial Services. From the opening statement of Tom Emmer: "The Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) Program is one of several ways that Congress and the Federal Government assist in the local disaster recovery process. It is supposed to swiftly meet the needs of our most vulnerable communities and help small businesses recover from the most severe natural disasters. It is also supposed to provide targeted relief so that affected communities can rebuild homes and infrastructure, and affected businesses can reopen and support their communities. But instead, the program has a history of waste, fraud, and abuse. Time and time again, we see examples of grantees misusing disaster recovery money for purposes outside the scope of approved action plans, or we see bureaucratic gridlock in distributing funds appropriately, or we even see appropriated funds remaining unspent even decades after a disaster. For these reasons, it has become apparent to this subcommittee that the Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery Program fails in its objective to address the unmet needs of the most targeted vulnerable communities. [...] I look forward to hearing from our witnesses and investigating this topic today." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Stephen M. Begg, Chrishelle Calhoun-Palay, Daniel Garcia-Diaz, Andreanecia Morris, and Diane Yentel.

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Serial No. 117-65
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2022
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Public Domain
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U.S. Government Publishing Office: http://www.gpo.gov/
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