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Boulder, Colorado, Has Adequate Policies, Procedures, and Business Practices to Manage Its FEMA Grant Funding

Executive Summary

The City of Boulder, Colorado, received a FEMA grant award of $19 million for damages resulting from severe storms, flooding, landslides, and mudslides that occurred during September 2013. We conducted this audit early in the grant process to identify areas where the City may need additional technical assistance or monitoring to ensure compliance with Federal requirements. The City’s policies, procedures, and business practices are adequate to account for and expend Public Assistance grant funds according to Federal regulations and FEMA guidelines. The City accounted for and properly supported disaster-related costs on a project-by-project basis. Additionally, the City has adequate procurement policies and procedures in place that are consistent with applicable Federal procurement standards. Moreover, the City’s insurance procedures and practices are adequate to ensure that the City can properly manage anticipated insurance proceeds. Therefore, the City can provide FEMA and Colorado (FEMA’s grantee) reasonable assurance that it has the capacity to comply with Federal grant requirements for this disaster.

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