Saturday, August 20, 2016

FEMA halts $30M in Katrina reimbursements to Miss.

The Department of Homeland Security's Office of the Inspector General released a report that states that the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency has not been able to provide documentation for around $30.5 million that was paid to contractors to retrofit 985 homes on the Gulf Coast. The original program was approved to retrofit 2,000 homes for $29.9 million.

The OIG has recommended, and FEMA agreed, that the federal government "deobligate" the money until Mississippi can reconcile what it claims it spent. If Mississippi can't convince the feds its spending was proper, the state could be on the hook for all or part of the spending.

MEMA Director Lee Smithson released a statement Thursday stressing that he was not over the agency when the mismanagement occurred.

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