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FEMA’s Dissemination of Procurement Advice Early in Disaster Response Periods

Executive Summary

Our overall objective is to determine whether FEMA’s response to Oklahoma’s severe storms and tornadoes was effective and efficient, and to evaluate FEMA’s actions, resources, and authorities according to Federal regulations and FEMA guidelines in effect at the time of our fieldwork. Our objective with this report is to determine whether FEMA accurately disseminated procurement information to potential applicants during the initial response phase of this disaster. We reviewed Federal regulations and FEMA guidelines related to procurement procedures; interviewed FEMA officials; attended programmatic meetings between FEMA and potential applicants; reviewed audit and field reports from various disasters; and performed other procedures considered necessary to accomplish our objective. We did not assess the adequacy of the agency’s internal controls applicable to disseminating procurement advice because it was not necessary to accomplish our audit objective

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