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Second Appeal Summary
PA ID# 053-00000; Monterey County
DSR ID# 73424, 19497, 21284/37281, 19460, 73434, 19498; Office of Inspector General Audit Results
Citation: FEMA-1046-DR-CA; Monterey County; DSRs 73424, 19497, 21284/37281, 19460, 73434, 19498
Cross Reference: Proper Documentation, Scope of Work, and Eligible Work
Summary: As a result of late winter storms in 1995 (FEMA-1046-DR), excessive wind, high tides, and fast moving water flooded the community of Pajaro and surrounding areas in north Monterey County (Applicant), necessitating debris removal efforts, implementation of emergency protective measures, and repair of damaged facilities. FEMAs Office of the Inspector General (OIG) audited the applicants projects and addressed funding from six DSRs, four of which will be discussed in this appeal. (1) FEMA prepared Category A DSR 73424 to fund debris-related efforts. The OIG audit identified $18,310 of claimed costs that appeared to be duplicated on DSRs 21284/37281. (2) FEMA prepared DSRs 21284 and 37281 for the removal of contaminated silt materials deposited underneath private residences for a total cost of $631,432. The OIG audit concluded that $82,197 of the costs for work preformed by the California Conservation Corps (CCC) was not within the eligible scope. (3) FEMA prepared DSR 73434 in the amount of $72,611 to provide funding for overtime labor and benefits, mileage, and materials associated with the Applicants operation of its EOC. The audit identified $994 claimed by the County Assessors Office for miles not linked to an eligible activity and an $80 overstatement in the cost for two fax machines. FEMA prepared DSR 19497, 19460, and 19498 to de-obligate these funds for DSR 73424, 21284/37281, and 73434 respectively. The Applicant submitted a first appeal stating (1) there was no duplication, (2) the CCC work was within the DSR scope of work and (3) the tax assessors were involved in eligible work. The appeal was denied by the Regional Director. The Applicant has restated its opinions in a second appeal, with some additional information.
Issues: (1) Is there a duplication of costs in DSR 73424?(2) Was the CCC work preformed within the eligible scope of work?(3) Were the tax assessors involved in eligible work?
Findings: (1) Yes. The documentation submitted is not sufficient to demonstrate there is not a duplication of costs.(2) (3) No, the work performed is not within the eligible DSR scope of work.(4) (5) No, the building inspections were not an eligible activity.
References: Eligible Work, FEMA Policy 9523.2 Eligibility of Building Inspections in a Post-Disaster Environment