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FEMA Should Disallow $246,294 of $3.0 Million in Public Assistance Grant Funds Awarded to Lincoln County, Missouri

Executive Summary

We determined that the County accounted for and expended the majority of FEMA grant funds according to Federal regulations and FEMA guidelines.  However, the County claimed $246,294 of ineligible and unsupported costs for two large projects.  County officials said these issues occurred because FEMA officials provided inconsistent guidance regarding the types of direct administrative costs that were eligible; and internal clerical errors for overstated material costs.  We recommended FEMA disallow $246,294 of ineligible and unsupported costs and provide clearer guidance for documenting eligible direct administrative costs.

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