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Second Appeal Letter
PA ID# 157-99157-00; Fort Bend County
PW ID# Project Worksheet 520; Overtime for Employees
March 25, 2008
Mr. Richard Patterson
Deputy State Coordinating Officer
State Public Assistance
FEMA-State Joint Field Office
9001 I-H35 North
Austin, TX 78753-3930
RE: Second Appeal-Fort Bend County, PA-ID 157-99157-00, FEMA-3216-EM-TX Overtime for Employees,
Project Worksheet (PW) 520
Dear Mr. Patterson:
This is in response to your letter dated September 25, 2006, forwarding the second appeal from Fort Bend County (County) dated July 31, 2006. The County is requesting that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) reconsider its previous denial of $31,495.40 under PW 520 for providing food and medical assistance to Hurricane Katrina evacuees.
The number of Katrina evacuees who sought Lone Star food cards in Fort Bend County overwhelmed the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) office in Richmond, Texas. Fort Bend County officials assisted HHSC by setting up an alternate processing center in the County Annex Building. The County expanded services at the County Annex to include
x-rays, immunizations, medication and transportation for evacuees. The County requested reimbursement for employees overtime, equipment and supplies associated with operations of the alternate processing center.
FEMA approved the Countys request for transportation and security costs related to the processing center ($13,793), but denied costs associated with the distribution of food cards and the provision of medical care ($31,495). The County submitted a first appeal to your office on March 3, 2006. In a letter dated May 5, 2006, the FEMA Regional Administrator denied the appeal because food distribution was within the jurisdiction of the United States Department of Agriculture, and other costs were not incurred in support of a congregate shelter as required by program guidance. The County submitted a second appeal by letter dated July 31, 2006, which included documentation previously submitted with the first appeal.
We have reviewed all of the information the County has submitted with the second appeal and have determined that the Regional Administrators decision on the first appeal is consistent with program policies and guidelines. Therefore, the appeal is denied.
Please inform the Applicant of my decision. My determination constitutes the final decision on this matter, as set forth in 44 CFR§206.206.
Carlos J. Castillo
Disaster Assistance Directorate
cc: William Peterson
FEMA Region VI