- The Washington Times - Friday, November 6, 2015

The Federal Emergency Management Agency cannot guarantee that $6.37 million worth of fuel went to aid eligible Hurricane Sandy recipients, according to a new report.

Following the devastating superstorm that wreaked havoc along the upper East Coast in 2012, New York needed substantial amounts of fuel for critical power restoration and emergency public transportation work.

But according to the report issued on Monday from the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General, FEMA could not provide complete documentation to support $4.56 million in fuel deliveries or proof that the fuel went to its intended, eligible recipients.

In addition, the Defense Logistics Agency, which provided the fuel, delivered $1.8 million of fuel to recipients outside the specified scope of work.

“As a result, FEMA cannot be sure that any of the fuel went to approved power restoration or emergency public transportation in New York, as FEMA intended,” auditors wrote in the report.

FEMA paid the Defense Logistics Agency a total of $6.37 million for 1.7 million gallons of fuel.

The report said FEMA has now started to develop procedures to account for large-scale disaster fuel support to prevent such erroneous deliveries from happening in the future.


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