We determined that FEMA did not have sufficient evidence to support its decision that Hurricanes Katrina and Rita directly caused damages to the roads and water distribution system. The demonstration of direct cause is necessary for work to be considered eligible for Federal disaster assistance funding, as required by the Stafford Act and FEMA’s own policies. As a result, FEMA should not have awarded the initial $785 million, or the additional $1.25 billion to complete the repairs. We recommended that FEMA disallow $2.04 billion in questioned costs —the initial award of $785 million, plus the additional $1.25 billion award. We made two recommendations and FEMA non-concurred with both of our recommendations.
- Executive SummaryReport NumberOIG-17-97-DIssue DateDocument FileDHS AgencyOversight AreaFiscal Year2017
- Executive Summary
The review in conjunction with the President's Council on Integrity and Efficiency (PCIE) as part of its examination of relief efforts provided by the federal government in the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. As such, we have forwarded a copy of the report to the PCIE Homeland Security Working Group that is coordinating Inspectors General review of this important subject.Report NumberDD-06-04Issue DateDocument FileDHS AgencyOversight AreaFiscal Year2006