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West Jackson County Utility District, Mississippi, Effectively Managed FEMA Public Assistance Grant Funds Awarded for Hurricane Katrina Damages

Executive Summary

Our audit objective was to determine whether the Utility District accounted for and expended Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) funds according to Federal regulations and FEMA guidelines. The Utility District received a Public Assistance grant award of $2.5 million from the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (Mississippi), a FEMA grantee, for damages resulting from Hurricane Katrina, which occurred in August 2005. The award provided 100 percent FEMA funding for debris removal activities, emergency protective measures, and repairs to permanent buildings and facilities. The award consisted of three large projects and six small projects.

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