Sneak Preview: GOHSEP Told To Follow Hazard Mitigation Policies

June 28, 2012 | By Jerry Ashworth | Post a Comment

(The following was excerpted from an article in the Single Audit Information Service.) The Louisiana Legislative Auditor (LLA) urged the state homeland security office to comply with its own policies to properly document the use of federal funds for Hazard Mitigation grant projects and to ensure that those funds be used for authorized purposes.

The Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP) monitors the state’s Hazardous Mitigation grant program managed by the Office of Community Development (OCD), which acts as a subgrantee under a cooperative agreement. The $750 million grant program is designed to elevate, reconstruct or retrofit about 20,000 flood-prone structures and properties statewide.

In a May management letter, LLA reiterated concerns found in a 2011 audit of GOHSEP’s oversight of Hazardous Mitigation funds. LLA’s audit found that GOHSEP did not ensure that its subgrantees submitted complete and accurate documentation for reimbursement from the Hazard Mitigation program prior to payment. GOHSEP temporarily altered its payment processing procedures for four weeks while OCD transitioned to a new grants management system. During this time, LLA said GOHSEP approved a $50,000 payment for questionable costs.


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