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Thursday, November 2, 2017

Research Puerto Rico & USVI Previous Funding for Non-Disaster and Relief Funding. DHS\FEMA Grant Funding. Summary and Key Findings 2016.

How much preparedness funding has YOUR LOCAL community received?

GET INVOLVED!  Research your local EM office, development planning, water & waster management and other critical areas in your community to determine what funding has been received, and what improvements have resulted.  

Always keep in mind that disasters are LOCAL not national in nature.  Preparedness starts in your home, and your community.

CDS CEO BEMA International

NOTE:  
     I tend to follow the money that was previously allocated for relief and recovery to determine current status
     to determine if preparedness and planning was truly taking place.


    Except from report: 
  
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Report
Type of

Number,
Grant,
                                                                                    Amount
Amount
Potential
Date
Disaster
Awarded
Audited
Monetary
Issued
Number
Title
($M)
($M)
Benefit

13
OIG-16-43-D 2/2/2016
PA 4017
The Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority Effectively Managed FEMA Public Assistance Grant Funds Awarded for Hurricane Irene in August 2011
$8.0
$7.3
$0
14
OIG-16-52-D 2/21/2016
PA 4152
FEMA Should Recover $312,117 of $1.6 Million Grant Funds Awarded to the Pueblo of Jemez, New Mexico
$1.6
$0.9
$312,117
15
OIG-16-60-D 4/6/2016
PA 4017
FEMA Should Recover $267,960 of $4.46 Million in Public Assistance Grant Funds Awarded to the Municipality of Jayuya, Puerto Rico, for Hurricane Irene Damages
$4.5
$3.5
$267,960









  

Summary and Key Findings of Fiscal Year 2016 FEMA Disaster Grant and Program Audits

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) does not manage disaster relief grants and funds adequately and does not hold grant recipients accountable for properly managing disaster relief funds. We continue to identify persistent problems such as improper contract costs, and ineligible and unsupported expenditures as examples of this continued failure. In fiscal year 2016, we found $155.6 million, or 23 percent, in questioned costs out of the $686 million that we audited, which we recommended FEMA disallow as ineligible and unsupported costs.
As part of our open recommendation follow-up responsibilities, we determined that as of April 8, 2017, FEMA allowed $85.7 million of the $155.6 million in costs that we questioned. Further, FEMA continues to not hold grant recipients accountable for failing to provide adequate monitoring or technical assistance to subgrantees. In FY 2016, 29 of our grant audit reports contained recommendations addressing the lack of adequate oversight on the part of grant recipients. Read Report OIG-18-06


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