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Disaster Assistance: Improvements in Providing Federal Disaster Case Management Services Could Help Agencies Better Assist Victims

GAO-10-278T Published: Dec 02, 2009. Publicly Released: Dec 02, 2009.
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As a result of the damage caused by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005, the federal government funded several disaster case management programs. These programs help victims access services for disaster-related needs. This testimony addresses the following questions: 1) How did the federal government support disaster case management programs after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, and how did federal agencies coordinate their efforts?; 2) What challenges did disaster case management agencies experience in delivering services under federally funded programs?; and 3) How will previous or existing federally funded programs be used to inform the development of a federal case management program for future disasters? This testimony is based on a July 2009 report (GAO-09-561). To complete this report GAO reviewed federal laws, regulations, and guidance, obtained data from two programs, conducted site visits to Louisiana and Mississippi, and interviewed case management providers and federal and state officials. For this testimony, GAO updated certain information.

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Case management servicesDatabasesDisaster recoveryDisaster relief aidFederal agenciesFederal aid for housingFederal aid programsFederal aid to statesFederal fundsstate relationsFunds managementHousingHousing programsHurricane KatrinaHurricanesInformation resources managementMonitoringProgram evaluationProgram managementRehabilitation programsState-administered programsDisaster housingProgram implementation