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Hurricane Iniki Expenditures

RCED-94-132R: Published: Apr 18, 1994. Publicly Released: Apr 18, 1994.

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GAO reviewed whether the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) used emergency appropriated funds for the repair and replacement of national wildlife refuge facilities damaged by Hurricane Iniki. GAO noted that: (1) FWS did not have authorization to use emergency funds for reconstruction work at two refuges; (2) FWS planned to use emergency funds for enlarging selected buildings at one refuge and remodeling the visitors' center at another refuge; (3) approximately $12.8 million in emergency disaster assistance was appropriated to FWS for construction projects; and (4) of the amount appropriated, FWS allocated $6.2 million for the rehabilitation of the refuges.

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  • Review Pending-GAO has not yet assessed implementation status.
  • Open-Actions to satisfy the intent of the recommendation have not been taken or are being planned, or actions that partially satisfy the intent of the recommendation have been taken.
  • Closed-implemented-Actions that satisfy the intent of the recommendation have been taken.
  • Closed-not implemented-While the intent of the recommendation has not been satisfied, time or circumstances have rendered the recommendation invalid.
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    • Closed - implemented
    • Closed - not implemented

    Recommendation for Executive Action

    Recommendation: The Director, FWS, should take the steps necessary to ensure that funds spent for hurricane damage and rehabilitation work at the Kauai refuges under the Dire Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act of 1992 comply with the requirements of the act.

    Agency Affected: Department of the Interior: United States Fish and Wildlife Service

    Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: FWS temporarily suspended construction work, reexamined its plans for facility repairs, and revised its construction plans and sources of funds to be used to pay for this work to ensure compliance with Dire Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act requirements.

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