Disaster relief aid (21 - 30 of 44 items)
Hurricanes Katrina and Rita: Unprecedented Challenges Exposed the Individuals and Households Program to Fraud and Abuse; Actions Needed to Reduce Such Problems in Future
GAO-06-1013: Published: Sep 27, 2006. Publicly Released: Sep 27, 2006.
In 2005, Hurricanes Katrina and Rita caused unprecedented damage. The Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA's) Individuals and Households Program (IHP), provides direct assistance (temporary housing units) and financial assistance (grant funding for temporary housing and other disaster-related needs) to eligible individuals affected by disasters. Our objectives were to (1) compare the types...
Small Business Administration: Actions Needed to Provide More Timely Disaster Assistance
GAO-06-860: Published: Jul 28, 2006. Publicly Released: Jul 28, 2006.
Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, and Wilma (the Gulf Coast hurricanes) caused more than $118 billion in estimated property damages across the Gulf Coast region in 2005. The Small Business Administration (SBA) helps individuals and businesses recover from disasters through its Disaster Loan Program. GAO initiated work to determine how well SBA provided victims of the Gulf Coast hurricanes with timely assi...
Foreign Assistance: USAID Completed Many Caribbean Disaster Recovery Activities, but Several Challenges Hampered Efforts
GAO-06-645: Published: May 26, 2006. Publicly Released: May 26, 2006.
In September 2004, Hurricane Ivan and Tropical Storm Jeanne passed through the Caribbean, taking lives and causing widespread damage in several countries. After initial U.S. emergency relief, in October 2004 Congress appropriated $100 million in supplemental funding, primarily for Grenada, Jamaica, and Haiti, which were significantly affected. The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID),...
Federal Emergency Management Agency: Crisis Counseling Grants Awarded to the State of New York after the September 11 Terrorist Attacks
GAO-05-514: Published: May 31, 2005. Publicly Released: Jun 30, 2005.
To help alleviate the psychological distress caused by the September 11, 2001, attacks the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) awarded the state of New York two grants totaling $154.9 million to provide crisis counseling and public education. Because of questions about whether the program, called Project Liberty, had spent all the funds it received from the federal government, GAO was asked...
National Flood Insurance Program: Oversight of Policy Issuance and Claims
GAO-05-532T: Published: Apr 14, 2005. Publicly Released: Apr 14, 2005.
According to the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), 90 percent of all natural disasters in the United States involve flooding. Because of the catastrophic and unpredictable nature of floods, private insurance companies do not typically cover flood losses. Congress established the NFIP in 1968 to provide an insurance alternative to disaster assistance in response to the escalating costs of re...
Hazard Mitigation: Proposed Changes to FEMA's Multihazard Mitigation Programs Present Challenges
GAO-02-1035: Published: Sep 30, 2002. Publicly Released: Oct 15, 2002.
Over the past 12 years, federal disaster assistance costs have totaled more than $39 billion (in fiscal year 2001 dollars)--a nearly fivefold increase over the previous 12-year period--as a result of a series of unusually large and frequent disasters and an increasing federal role in assisting communities and individuals affected by disasters. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the le...
Results Act: Observations on the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Fiscal Year 1999 Annual Performance Plan
RCED-98-207R: Published: Jun 1, 1998. Publicly Released: Jun 1, 1998.
GAO reviewed the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) performance plan for fiscal year (FY) 1999, focusing on whether the: (1) agency's performance plan provides a clear picture of intended performance across the agency; (2) performance plan discusses the strategies and resources the agency will use to achieve its performance plan; and (3) agency's performance plan provides confidence that...
Results Act: Observations on the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Draft Strategic Plan
RCED-97-204R: Published: Jul 22, 1997. Publicly Released: Aug 5, 1997.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) draft strategic plan, focusing on whether: (1) it fulfills the requirements of the Government Performance and Results Act and to provide GAO's views on its overall quality; (2) it reflects FEMA's key statutory authorities; (3) it reflects interagency coordination for crosscutting programs, activities...
Flood Insurance: Financial Resources May Not Be Sufficient to Meet Future Expected Losses
RCED-94-80: Published: Mar 21, 1994. Publicly Released: Apr 15, 1994.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the financial condition of the National Flood Insurance Program, focusing on the: (1) actuarial soundness of the program; (2) potential financial impacts of increasing subsidized flood insurance rates and enhancing program participation; and (3) procedures used to set flood insurance rates.GAO found that: (1) the flood insurance program is not actu...
Roles, Cost, and Criteria for Assessing Agriculture Disaster Assistance Programs Between 1980 and 1988
T-RCED-90-37: Published: Mar 6, 1990. Publicly Released: Mar 6, 1990.
GAO discussed the federal government's responses to natural agricultural disasters, focusing on: (1) the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) role in providing agricultural disaster assistance since 1980; (2) criteria for assessing federal agricultural disaster assistance; and (3) how well current programs met those criteria. GAO noted that: (1) USDA provided about $17.6 billion in disaster assistan...