FEMA Spending Criticized by DHS IG

The news goes from bad to worse these days for FEMA. This Newsweek article cites a report by the Inspector General of the Dept. of Homeland Security. See: FEMA Wasted Billions of Taxpayer Dollars And May Have Broken The Law

The cash-strapped federal disaster agency charged with distributing billions to hurricane survivors and wildfire-ravaged communities is reportedly failing to properly track disaster-relief payments, putting taxpayer money—and victims themselves—at risk for fraud, waste and abuse, a new government report shows.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency failed to follow recommendations from a 2011 report by its own Inspector General instructing the agency to implement a system to track insurance information—a failure that led to potentially billions of wasted taxpayers dollars, according to a Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General’s “Semiannual Report to The Congress.”

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