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FEMA Should Recover $1.7 Million of Public Assistance Grant Funds Awarded to Audubon Commission, New Orleans, Louisiana

Executive Summary

The Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP), a FEMA grantee, awarded the Commission $12.3 million for damages esulting from Hurricane Katrina that occurred on August 29, 2005. The award provided 100 percent funding for 37 large and 44 small projects.1 The audit covered the period August 29, 2005, through May 1, 2012, the cutoff date of our audit, and included a review of 241arge and 18 small projects totaling $10.3 million, or 83.7 percent of the total award, and a limited review of labor cost claims for three additional projects (see Exhibit, Schedule of Projects Audited and Questioned Costs).2 As of our cutoff date, the Commission had claimed $2.2 million, but had not completed all projects.

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