U.S. GAO Observations on Federal Contracting for Disaster Response and Recovery Efforts

Feb 28, 2018

Disaster ResponseThe 2017 hurricane season affected approximately 25.8 million people and caused an estimated $265 billion dollars in damages, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (“FEMA”) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (“GAO”) was asked to review and report on federal contracting activity to support the work of FEMA and other federal agencies related to the response to the 2017 hurricanes.

To view the report issued today, February 28, 2018, click here.

The report will be the first in a series of GAO publications on this issue.  It provides an overview of contract obligations as of December 31, 2017, for three major hurricanes—Harvey, Irma, and Maria.  Future reports on this subject will focus on the planning, execution, and monitoring of federally awarded contracts.