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FEMA Should Recover $2.75 Million of $16.9 Million in Public Assistance Grant Funds Awarded to the Borough of Seaside Heights, New Jersey

Executive Summary

The Borough of Seaside Heights, New Jersey (Borough) received a $16.9 million grant award from the New Jersey Emergency Management Agency (New Jersey), a FEMA grantee, for Hurricane Sandy damages in October 2012. Although the Borough accounted for FEMA funds on a project-byproject basis, we identified $2,038,893 of unneeded project funding that FEMA should deobligate and put to better use. In addition, the Borough did not comply with Federal procurement standards in awarding contracts for disaster work and claimed $712,657 of questionable costs. The Borough also did not comply with the Single Audit Act, which requires non-Federal entities that expend $500,000 or more in a year in Federal awards to obtain a single or program-specific audit for that year.

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