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Los Angeles County, California, Did Not Properly Account For and Expend $3.9 Million in FEMA Grant Funds for Debris-Related Costs

Executive Summary

The California Emergency Management Agency (Cal EMAl, a FEMA grantee, awarded the County $54.9 million for costs resulting from storms, flooding, debriS flows, and mudslides during the period of December 27, 2004, through January 11, 2005.' The award provided 75 percent FEMA funding for 143 large projects and 35 small projects.' Our audit covered the period from December 27, 2004, to May 1, 2013. Thi~ report presents findings related to five projects we comprehensively audited, totaling $10.4 million in awarded project funding for debris-related COSH, for which the County has requested $6 million in reimbursements for costs incurred.

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