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The City of San Buenaventura, California, Did Not Properly Account for and Expend FEMA Public Assistance Grant Funds

Executive Summary

The California Emergency Management Agency (Cal EMA), a FEMA grantee, awarded the City $2,307,402 for costs resulting from storms, flooding, debris flows, and mudslides from December 27, 2004, through January 11, 2005. The award provided 75 percent FEMA funding for 11 large projects and 9 small projects. Our audit covered the period from December 27, 2004, to July 11, 2012. We audited five large projects with a total award of $1,425,482 (see Exhibit, Schedule of Audited Projects). As of July 2012, the City had allocated costs totaling $2,131,549 to the projects in our review and had not submitted a final claim for this subgrant award.

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