Richland County did not always properly account for and expend Federal funds according to Federal regulations and FEMA guidelines. FEMA did not hold North Dakota accountable for fulfilling its grant management responsibilities, and North Dakota did not adequately manage the FEMA grant by monitoring the County to ensure it complied with applicable regulations and guidelines. The County failed to follow all Federal procurement regulations when awarding about $1.9 million in disaster-related contracts. We recommended that FEMA disallow $1,146,921 in ineligible contract costs and direct North Dakota to work with the County to verify that the County complies with all Federal grant requirements and establishes effective accounting systems. FEMA concurred with our three recommendations for improving County compliance in managing future Federal grants.
FEMA Should Disallow $1.1 Million in Grant Funds Awarded to Richland County, North Dakota