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GAO releases report on federal disaster assistance

from IAEM

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) on May 31 released Report GAO-18-366, "Federal Disaster Assistance: Individual Assistance Requests Often Granted but FEMA Could Better Document Factors Considered." GAO was asked to review FEMA's Individual Assistance (IA) declaration process. This report examines: the number of IA declaration requests received, declared, and denied; the extent to which FEMA accounts for the regulatory factors when evaluating IA requests, and any challenges FEMA regions and select states report on the declaration process and factors and any FEMA actions to revise them. GAO also reviewed proposed rulemaking comments and interviewed FEMA officials from all 10 regions and 11 state emergency management offices selected based on declaration requests and other factors. GAO recommends that FEMA evaluate why regions are not completing the RVARs for each element of the current IA regulatory factors and take corrective steps, if necessary. DHS concurred with the recommendation. The report and an executive summary can both be downloaded here. more

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