Harris County, Texas needs additional technical assistance and monitoring to ensure grants management comply with Federal procurement regulations. The County’s procurement policies, procedures, and business practices were not adequate to expend disaster grant funds in accordance with Federal procurement regulations and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) guidelines. We recommended FEMA disallow $2.7 million in ineligible costs and require Texas to work with the County to incorporate Federal procurement regulations when using Federal funds, and review procurement activities before the County awards future contracts. We made three recommendations that will help improve the procurement capability of Harris County, Texas. FEMA concurred with all three recommendations.
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