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.
- Executive SummaryReport NumberOIG-19-63Issue DateDocument FileDHS AgencyOversight AreaFiscal Year2019
Management Alert - FEMA Should Recover $6.2 Million in Public Assistance Funds for Disaster Repairs That Are Not the Legal Responsibility of Richland County, North DakotaExecutive Summary
The County does not have legal responsibility for the disaster-related repairs on township roadway projects. Therefore, the County is not eligible to receive $6,151,893 in Federal funding identified as township projects because it is not legally responsible for the repairs to the damaged facilities (roadways).Report NumberOIG-18-09Issue DateDocument FileDHS AgencyOversight AreaFiscal Year2018