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Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board Did Not Follow All Federal Procurement Standards for $5.1 Million in Contracts

Executive Summary

We determined that although the Board accounted for disaster-related costs on a project-by-project basis, it did not comply with Federal procurement standards in awarding contracts for disaster work totaling $4.8 million.  Additionally FEMA inadvertently obligated an additional $508,884 in duplicate obligations.  Also the Board could have benefited from additional technical advice from Minnesota.  We recommended that FEMA disallow as ineligible $4.8 million for contracts that did not comply with Federal procurement standards and $508,884 for duplicate obligations.  We also recommended FEMA direct Minnesota to provide technical assistance and monitoring to the Board to ensure it complies with Federal procurement regulations, which should result in $2.6 million in cost avoidance.  FEMA generally agreed with the findings and recommendations in the report.

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