MEMA unable to find documentation for $30.5 million in Katrina relief contracts, Feds suspending reimbursement.

By MississippI PEP Staff | August 19th, 2016 at 11:12 am

BY: MississippI PEP Staff /

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The Federal Emergency Management Agency will suspend reimbursement of nearly $30 million to the state of Mississippi for disaster mitigation work because of lax state oversight and financial irregularities in a program to strengthen homes against wind damage following Hurricane Katrina.

An audit report by the Office of Inspector General for the Department of Homeland Security claims the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency has been unable to provide documentation for $30.5 million in state funds that were supposedly paid to contractors for work on 945 homes in Hancock, Harrison and Jackson counties as part of the state’s Coastal Retrofit Program.

The contractor invoices are now being held by MEMA because Mississippi is investigating the program and looking for documents to validate the contractor payments.