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Second Appeal Summary
PA ID# 000-92042; California Seismic Safety Commission
DSR ID# 68899, 68925, 96949, 15075, 91876, 11548; Audit Report Number W-26-01
Citation: FEMA-1008-DR-CA; California Seismic Safety Commission, Audit Report Number W-26-01; Damage Survey Reports (DSRs) 68899, 68925, 96949, 15075, 91876, 11548
Cross-reference: Office of the Inspector General Audit W-26-01
Summary: As a result of the 1994 Northridge Earthquake, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) prepared DSR 68899 on
March 28, 1994, for $716,290 to fund a study by the California Seismic Safety Commission (CSSC) to review and analyze effects of the Northridge earthquake, the policy implications for seismic structural safety and land use planning, and the need for changes in seismic building standards. FEMA approved DSR 68925 to amend the scope of work on April 6, 1994 with no additional funding. FEMA increased the funding by $172,167 to a total of $888,457 with DSR 96949 in response to an approved first appeal on November 8, 1996. On May 14, 1998, FEMA prepared the CSSCs large project closeout and an additional $142,900 was funded in DSR 15075 for eligible supplemental expenses. Based on its audit report dated July 23, 2001, the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) recommended that $260,551 be disallowed due to unrelated project costs and unsupported force account labor and reproduction costs. FEMA agreed with OIG recommendations and de-obligated $260,551 on August 17, 2001, with DSR 91876. CSSC submitted its first appeal on August 27, 2001, in response to the audit report. The FEMA Region IX Acting Regional Director partially approved the first appeal by approving $38,000 for printing costs in DSR 11548. The Acting Regional Director denied $216,184 claimed for donated resources and $6,367 for force account labor and reproduction costs. The Governors Office of Emergency Services supports CSSCs second appeal dated November 8, 2002, which requests credit for the donated services for the Commissioners time to offset the non-federal cost share.
Issues: Can the Commissioners time be applied to the non-federal cost share?
Findings: No. Credit for donated resources applies to Emergency Work only.
Rationale: Memorandum, August 25, 1993, Crediting Volunteer Efforts for Essential Assistance; Memorandum, October 19, 1994, Volunteer Credit Policy Request, Iowa Emergency Management Division, FEMA-996-DR-IA; Response & Recovery Policy 9525.2, Donated Resources