In July 2017, FEMA reported that it awarded 252 projects under the PA alternative procedures pilot program valued at $11.9 billion, with just 26 of those projects (10.32 percent) closed. During our fieldwork, we gained access to FEMA’s grant management system of record and reviewed supporting documentation for the project worksheets in our scope to determine if FEMA followed its criteria when validating cost estimates. However, FEMA did not sufficiently document actions that it took to validate subrecipient cost estimates to ensure costs are reasonable. Of the three obligated projects we reviewed during our fieldwork, we did not find evidence that FEMA completed the required steps identified to validate the reasonableness of subrecipient cost estimates.
- Executive SummaryReport NumberOIG-18-66Issue DateDocument FileDHS AgencyOversight AreaFiscal Year2018
- Executive Summary
We determined that Downe Township did not always follow Federal procurement standards in awarding contracts for disaster work. We recommended that FEMA disallow $832,040 of $2.5 million in grant funds awarded to the Township. The Township did not have support for $445,385 of the questioned costs. We also recommended that the Administrator, FEMA Region II, deobligate unused project costs, and withhold $2.3 million in funds requested for additional project work until New Jersey provides assurance that the Township complies with all Federal procurement standards for FEMA funded work. FEMA Region II concurred with all of our recommendations.Report NumberOIG-17-106-DIssue DateDocument FileDHS AgencyOversight AreaFiscal Year2017