PA ID# 111-91005-00; Simi Valley Unified School Districts
DSR ID# multiple; OIG Audit Report# DO-18-03
Citation: FEMA-1008-DR-CA, Simi Valley Unified School District, OIG Audit
Report # DO-18-03, Multiple DSRs Cross-reference: Improved Project, Administrative Allowance, Construction/Project Management
Summary: Following the Northridge Earthquake (January 1994), FEMA obligated multiple project worksheets to reimburse SVUSD for disaster damages to various facilities. After closeout of the Applicants projects, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) conducted an audit of the Applicants grant and observed that the Deputy Disaster Recovery Manager for the Northridge Long Term Recovery Office had granted a second appeal when he did not have authority to do so. It recommended that the Director of the Recovery Division evaluate the second appeal and that FEMA de-obligate $2,404,776. The Director of the Recovery Division evaluated the second appeal and determined that $770,392 of $1,701,399 requested by the Applicant was eligible. The Regional Response and Recovery Division Director further determined that only $1,838,585 of $2,404,776 recommended by the OIG was ineligible. The ineligible amount includes construction improvement as well as district-wide administrative and project/construction management costs. The Applicant submitted a first appeal in a letter dated December 2, 2004. In a letter dated August 26, 2005, FEMA denied the first appeal because the Applicant did not provide sufficient documentation to support its claim. On January 26, 2006, the Applicant submitted its second appeal reiterating its position presented in its first appeal. It did not submit any new information with the appeal. Issues: Did the Applicant submit sufficient information to support its request for reimbursement?