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Big Rivers Electric Corporation Meets FEMA's Eligibility Requirements for Participation in the Public Assistance Program

Executive Summary

We audited Big Rivers Electric Corporation's {Big Rivers) eligibility to receive Public Assistance funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) {FIPS Code 000-UONLE-00). Big Rivers received a Public Assistance award totaling $1.8 million from the Kentucky Division of Emergency Management {StateL a FEMA grantee, for damages resulting from a severe winter storm and flooding, which occurred January 26 to February 13, 2009. Because the Internal Revenue Service {IRS) revoked Big Rivers' tax-exempt status in 1983, we limited our audit objectives to determining whether Big Rivers {1) met FEMA's eligibility requirements to apply for and receive FEMA assistance under a Public Assistance grant and {2) met FEMA's legal responsibility criteria for disaster-related repairs. We did not audit the eligibility and appropriateness of costs that Big Rivers claimed under the FEMA award.

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