PA ID# 037-91034; Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department
DSR ID# DSR 10886; Peter J. Pitchess Honor Rancho Site
Citation:FEMA-1008-DR-CA, Los Angeles County Sheriffs Department, Peter J. Pitchess Honor Rancho Site, Damage Survey Report (DSR) 10886
Cross-reference: Documentation; Insurance
Summary: FEMA prepared DSR 10886 as a large project closeout for the Peter J. Pitchess Honor Rancho Site. The DSR reflected a deduction of $125,265 for anticipated insurance proceeds for Building 800, based on insurance information provided by Los Angeles County (County) in 1996. The County later determined that Building 800 was not insured and requested reinstatement of $125,265. FEMA advised the County that final insurance adjustments would be made on a global basis at closeout of the Countys projects. In its first appeal, the County claimed that documentation provided to FEMA in 2004 based on a settlement with one of its insurance companies demonstrated that Building 800 was not covered by insurance and requested reinstatement of $125,265. The Deputy Regional Administrator denied the appeal stating that insurance may be available from various sources and insurance-related funding adjustments will not occur until FEMA is in receipt of all information necessary to perform a final insurance review for the County. No new information is presented with the second appeal. In the second appeal, the County argues that even if the building had been insured, the total claimed repair cost does not exceed the deductible estimated by FEMA and insurance proceeds would not apply. The County states that withholding a final determination is unreasonable and imposes a financial hardship.
Issues: Has the County provided the documentation necessary to accomplish the insurance review and the final insurance adjustments to County projects?