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Posted by: News_Desk on 10/06/2016 01:45 PM Updated by: News_Desk on 10/06/2016 01:46 PM
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Calaveras County, California, Needs Additional State And FEMA Assistance In Managing Its $10.8 Million FEMA Grant

Calaveras County, CA...About 10 months after the disaster declaration, the County still had not started Project 78, a major $8.3 million debris-removal project to clear hazardous trees. This has delayed recovery for the entire area because the County is not initiating other critical work until hazardous tree removal occurs. Therefore,delays to this project will create delays to other disaster-related work.


In addition, the County’s procurement policies and procedures do not fully conform to Federal procurement standards. The County’s accounting system is also deficient because it cannot account for all costs on a project-by-project basis, as Federal regulations require. Finally, the County does not have policies and procedures in place to ensure that it will not receive benefits from insurance or other sources that duplicate funding it receives from FEMA.

County officials told us they did not have experience with federally declared disasters and were not
familiar with applicable Federal regulations and FEMA guidelines. Therefore, the County clearly needs additional, ongoing assistance from California and FEMA to ensure it properly manages its $10.8 million FEMA grant. California, as FEMA’s grant recipient, is responsible for ensuring that the County is aware of and complies with Federal requirements, as well as for providing technical assistance and monitoring grant activities.

Calaveras County, California (County), received a $10.8 million grant for damages from the September 2015 Butte Fire. We conducted this audit early in the grant process to identify areas where the County may need additional technical assistance or monitoring to ensure compliance.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) should direct the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (California), as its grant recipient, to provide increased monitoring and technical assistance to the County, to ensure the County follows Federal regulations and FEMA guidelines and avoids misspending its $10.8 million grant award.

The full findings of the Office of Inspector General-Department of Homeland Security are attached below

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Posted on: 2016-10-06 14:50:29   By: Anonymous
Calaveras County impresses me more every day---NOT!
We need help!

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    Posted on: 2016-10-06 14:54:25   By: Anonymous
    The drug dealers don't give a crap about all this and the BOS only caters to them lately so why educate yourselves related to disaster recovery, right Cliff and the rest of the yayhoos that sit on the board. Can't wait for this election, hope the changes will help. Now that big election scares the heck out of me, we are doomed.

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    Posted on: 2016-10-06 15:15:13   By: Anonymous
    I grew up in Arnold, own a house here, had to work in the bay area to make a living, now that I am retiring our plan was to come home to where I grew up, I have to say that the way Calaveras county is run has become a very big disappointment to me. I think I need to look elsewhere.

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      Posted on: 2016-10-06 16:07:02   By: Anonymous
      Good ridence to you both. Cryers all of you. How about being more proactive regarding the community. Drug Dealers? WTF you idiots. everyone cares about fire hazards and the tree mortality.

      Calaveras supes are just to over burdened and under trained to manage such a large project. We do need help as it is a monumental task. And yes just move away and dont come back

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    Posted on: 2016-10-06 20:53:46   By: Anonymous
    Shameful to say the least. Very very shameful. Calaveras County is sinking lower with each day. Just how low it will go depends on it's voters.

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No Subject
Posted on: 2016-10-06 17:42:39   By: Anonymous
This is pretty pathetic. We are eligible for all that money in federal aid but out accounting system etc is so outdated it cannot work with the details of the project? Wow!

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A Logical Move
Posted on: 2016-10-06 17:51:04   By: Anonymous
The rules and accounting requirements for grants can be complicated. Having technical assistance at this early stage is a smart move. Anticipating and fixing problems before they get out of hand saves money.

A quick analogy is when Cal Fire or the US Forest Service brings in Incident Management Teams and personnel with expertise to deal with issues that the day-to-day managers are not trained for or expected to handle.

This is simply a case of building an organization to meet the needs of the tasks at hand.

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