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Louisiana Government Recovering From Disaster. Catastrophic Events. Hurricane Katrina (Landfall 8/29/05 Buras, Louisiana 6:10 AM CDT) 140 MPH Winds 2.5 million people applied for FEMA Individual Assistance 288,621 left homeless 71,000 businesses in Louisiana impacted

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Louisiana government recovering from disaster

Louisiana Government Recovering From Disaster


Catastrophic events

Catastrophic Events

  • Hurricane Katrina (Landfall 8/29/05 Buras, Louisiana 6:10 AM CDT) 140 MPH Winds

    • 2.5 million people applied for FEMA Individual Assistance

    • 288,621 left homeless

    • 71,000 businesses in Louisiana impacted

    • 400,000 job losses in Louisiana

    • $34.4 billion damages/ $22 billion in Louisiana

  • Hurricane Rita (Landfall 9/24/05 Texas-Louisiana border 2:38 AM CDT) 100 MPH Winds

    • 460,000 people applied for FEMA Individual Assistance

    • 76,449 left homeless

    • 10,000 businesses in Louisiana impacted

    • 45,000 job losses in Louisiana

    • $4.7 billion damages/ $2.4 billion in Louisiana


More louisiana stats

More Louisiana Stats

  • 1,080 lives lost

  • 786,372 people displaced

  • 217,245 housing units destroyed

  • 835 K-12 schools damaged

  • 40 K-12 schools destroyed

  • 18,752 businesses destroyed

  • 10 hospitals destroyed

  • 47 million cubic yards of debris

  • 157,000 increase in applications for unemployment benefits


Louisiana government recovering from disaster

  • Plan your flight and fly your plan


Louisiana government recovering from disaster

  • Plan your flight and fly your plan

    • LOHSEP

    • 24/7 (32/7 for some)

    • LLA took on new role

    • JLW & Associates

    • Local gov’t improvised


Louisiana government recovering from disaster

  • Save that which is lost


Louisiana government recovering from disaster

  • Save that which is lost

    • Every church gym filled to capacity

    • Everyone with a chain saw helping in their neighborhoods

    • Blue roofs became “in-style”

    • Supplies came from all over the country


Auditor perspective

Auditor Perspective

  • Our government changed significantly in a 30 day period

    • State Government revenue forecasts (as of October 28, 2005)

      • Total Revenue decrease in fiscal year 2006 - $970.6 million

      • Total Revenue decrease in fiscal year 2007 - $786.1 million

    • State Government revenue forecasts (as of February 17, 2006)

      • Total revenue decrease in fiscal year 2006 - $370 million

      • Total revenue decrease in fiscal year 2007 - $290 million

    • State Government expenditures

      • Significant cuts to balance our budget based on official revenue projections

    • Local government

      • Impact still not fully known

      • Some units of local government are devastated

    • Focus of many state agencies changed to disaster related issues (Response and Recovery)

    • Influx of federal dollars to state

    • Presence of FEMA & other federal agencies

    • Financial, Performance, and Fraud Issues


Auditor perspective1

Auditor Perspective

  • Initial Response


Auditor perspective2

Auditor Perspective

  • Initial Response

    • Information (consume and regurgitate)


Auditor perspective3

Auditor Perspective

  • Initial Response

    • Information (consume and regurgitate)

    • Documentation


Auditor perspective4

Auditor Perspective

  • Initial Response

    • Information (consume and regurgitate)

    • Documentation

    • Assist with 1st round of $$ release


Auditor perspective5

Auditor Perspective

  • Intermediate Response

    • Continued assistance to applicants

    • Grant Management Assistance

    • Systems/Controls advice


Auditor perspective6

Auditor Perspective

  • Long Term Response

    • Continuous Audit

    • Fraud Detection/Investigation


Assistance to state local government

Assistance to State & Local Government

  • Unknown territory

  • FEMA personnel

  • Louisiana government personnel

  • Immediate Reactions

  • FEMA Regulations

  • Changing Rules

  • Misunderstandings


Post disaster louisiana

Post-Disaster Louisiana

  • Week One

    • Data Recovery Issues

    • Accounting for Employees

    • Assessment of Damage

  • Week Two

    • Emergency Operations

    • Understanding FEMA Assistance

    • Brainstorming

      • Continuous Audit/CEA

      • Assisting Local Government

      • Enhanced Communication

    • Networking with Administration, Legislature, and Courts

    • Joint Field Operations


More louisiana stats1

More Louisiana Stats

Katrina

  • $ obligated for PA : $2.89 Billion

  • $ Estimate for PA Projects: $5.34 Billion

  • PWs written to date: 12,229 (9,205 obligated)

    Rita

  • $ obligated for PA Projects: $321 Million

  • $ Estimate for PA Projects: $605 Million

  • PWs written to date: 3,814 (3,499 obligated)


Post disaster louisiana1

Post-Disaster Louisiana

  • Week Three

    • Contacting GAO, OIG, Other Auditors

    • Addressing Independence

    • Partner with State IG

    • Assignment of Staff from Legal, Investigative, Performance

    • Training Staff

    • Imbedding Staff in Process

    • Identifying Lost Revenues

    • Draws from FEMA, Cash Management, and Payment Process

    • Establishing Communication

      • Local, State, and Nonprofit Assistance

      • Financial Information

      • Public Information and Website


Post disaster louisiana2

Post-Disaster Louisiana

  • Week Four

    • Project Worksheets

    • Review of Documentation

    • Tracking Receipts and Payments

    • Enhancing Communication with Weekly Meetings

    • Second Disaster Hits on 9/24/05

  • Beyond Week Four to Present

    • Lost Revenues

    • Budget Cuts

    • Louisiana Recovery Authority

    • Community Disaster Loans

    • Community Development Block Grants

    • FEMA Disaster Projection Report


Post disaster louisiana3

Post-Disaster Louisiana

  • Beyond Week Four to Present

    • Displaced Population

      • Out of State

      • In State

      • K-12 Students

      • University Students

    • Rebuilding Towns and Cities

    • Repairing the Levee System

    • Right-sizing State and Local Government

    • Rebuilding State Facilities

    • Accountability


Fema public assistance

FEMA Public Assistance

  • Continuous Audit

  • FEMA Rules & Regulations

  • State Rules & Regulations

  • Grantee system of internal controls

  • Subgrantee internal controls

  • Subgrantee monitoring

  • Forms

  • Documentation (Summary & Detail)


Fema individual assistance

FEMA Individual Assistance

  • FEMA administers in Louisiana

  • FEMA bills state for cost share

  • FEMA estimates spending over $2 billion for other needs assistance to individuals in Louisiana

  • States share is 25% > $500 million

  • Were all payments made by FEMA appropriate and properly documented?


Fema hazard mitigation

FEMA Hazard Mitigation

  • Continuous Audit

  • Plans, Policies, Procedures

  • FEMA estimates $1.75 billion for both Hurricanes Katrina & Rita

  • States Share = 25% - $420 million


Where do we go from here

Where do we go from here?

  • Will Business Return?

  • Will Population Return?

  • Can Homes be Rebuilt?

  • Will Leadership Emerge?


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