Local Governments Should Be Aware of Fraudulent Debris Contractors

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Release date: 
January 18, 2001
Release Number: 
1354-24

Little Rock, AR -- When awarding debris contracts, local governments need to be aware that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management (ADEM) do not recommend or pre-approve debris contractors. Unfortunately there are contractors who represent themselves as being FEMA approved or profess to facilitate contracts more effectively than their competitors because of special ties with former federal or state employees.

No personnel other than FEMA employees and Technical Assistance Contact (TAC) personnel assigned to the disaster are certified.

Local governments are in charge of contracting debris removal. FEMA provides funding to the state and the state in turn reimburses county governments for this work.

The state of Arkansas, FEMA and local governmental applicants all have a strong interest in keeping the costs to taxpayers as low as possible. In-kind voluntary labor, donated use of equipment and donated materials may all be used to off-set the non-federal share of recovery costs.

Eligibility determinations are made only by FEMA. Removal and disposal of debris that is a result of the disaster, and is on public property, is eligible for federal assistance. Public property includes roads, streets and publicly owned facilities. Removal of debris from parks and recreation areas is eligible when it affects public health and safety or limits the use of the facilities. This does not include privately owned roads and drives.

Each governmental applicant is assigned a Public Assistance Coordinator (PAC). The PAC will work with the governmental applicant to resolve any contracting problems.

Last Updated: 
July 16, 2012 - 18:46
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