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Response to Allegations of Mismanagement in FEMA's Office of the Chief Security Office

Executive Summary

In 2011, the former FEMA Chief Security Officer hired two employees with criminal convictions in their backgrounds. Our analysis of employee records from 2011 to 2014 in the Office of the Chief Security Officer’s Fraud and Internal Investigations Division disclosed two more employees with criminal conduct in their backgrounds. FEMA’s Office of the Chief Security Officer no longer employs these four individuals. FEMA premium pay records from 2011 to 2014 for employees in the Fraud and Internal Investigations Division showed that division management allowed employees to violate FEMA’s premium pay policy for compensatory time in 2014; premium pay requests from the same period did not reveal any overtime violations. As a result of hiring employees with criminal backgrounds or conduct, the Office of the Chief Security Officer spent $349,944 unnecessarily. Finally, from 2013 to 2014, the Office of the Chief Security Officer misused the Disaster Relief Fund by allowing employees to perform non-disaster­related activities, which violates the Stafford Act and may also be a potential Antideficiency Act violation.

Report Number
OIG-16-41
Issue Date
Document File
DHS Agency
Oversight Area
Fiscal Year
2016