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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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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Auditor Perspective
  • Initial Response
    • Information (consume and regurgitate)
    • Documentation
    • Assist with 1st round of $$ release
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Auditor Perspective
  • Intermediate Response
    • Continued assistance to applicants
    • Grant Management Assistance
    • Systems/Controls advice
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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
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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)
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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
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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
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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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