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  • FEMA Should Recover $5.57 Million in Grant Funds Awarded to Frasier Meadows Manor, Inc., Boulder, Colorado

    Executive Summary

    Colorado’s Department of Public Safety, Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (Colorado) did not effectively oversee its subrecipient, Frasier Meadows, to ensure it was aware of and followed Federal procurement regulations and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) guidelines.  In addition, FEMA should have ensured Colorado delivered assistance to Frasier Meadows consistent with the FEMA-State Agreement and the State Administrative Plan.  We recommended the Regional Administrator, FEMA Region VIII, disallow $5.57 million for contracts and direct Colorado to work with Frasier Meadows officials to ensure they implement their updated Federal procurement policies and procedures in the event of a future disaster.  FEMA officials agreed with both recommendations.  Prior to final issuance of this report, FEMA took action to resolve and close both recommendations.  No further action is required.

    Report Number
    OIG-20-17
    Issue Date
    Document File
    DHS Agency
    Oversight Area
    Fiscal Year
    2020
  • 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.

    Report Number
    OIG-17-46-D
    Issue Date
    Document File
    DHS Agency
    Oversight Area
    Fiscal Year
    2017
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