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The City of Elizabeth, New Jersey, Has Adequate Policies, Procedures, and Business Practices in Place to Effectively Manage FEMA Public Assistance Grant Funds

Executive Summary

At the time of audit fieldwork, the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management (New Jersey), a FEMA grantee, had awarded the City just over $18 million for damages resulting from Hurricane Sandy, which occurred on October 29, 2012. The award provided 90 percent funding for debris removal (Category A), emergency protective measures (Category S), and permanent work {Categories C-G) for nine projects (eight large projects and one small).1 We included five of the nine projects totaling $16.8 million or 93 percent of the award in our review (see Exhibit, Schedule of Projects Reviewed). The audit covered the period October 26, 2012, through April 9, 2014. At the time of our fieldwork, the City had not submitted any claims to New Jersey for work under the projects in our audit scope.

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