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The Office of Community Development Paid Most Contractors in a Timely Manner for Hazard Mitigation Work on Louisiana Homes

Executive Summary

The Louisiana Office of Community Development (OCD) received $702.9 million in Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) funds for hazard mitigation grant program (HMGP) work on 9,588 properties under Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. We received allegations that the timeliness of OCD payments was placing financial hardship on program contractors. Therefore, our objective was to determine whether OCD processed payments to contractors in a timely manner and according to Federal regulations, FEMA guidelines, and State laws. We did not verify the validity of costs claimed or completion of work.

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