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Fema hasn't gone after $643M in improper payments despite judges order from 3 years ago, thoughts?

NEW ORLEANS – The Federal Emergency Management Agency hasn't tried to recoup about $643 million in improper payments made to victims of Hurricane Katrina and other disasters in the wake of a judge's order more than three years ago, according to a government audit issued Monday.

The improper payments have gone uncollected for more than three years because FEMA hasn't given its final approval to a new process for recovering the money, auditors found in a report by the Department of Homeland Security's inspector general's office.

The federal agency has distributed more than $7 billion in disaster assistance payments since hurricanes Katrina and Rita struck the Gulf Coast in 2005. An estimated 160,000 applicants received about $643 million in improper payments resulting from fraud, FEMA errors or other mistakes.


Asked by sweet-a-kins at 9:36 PM on Jan. 3, 2011 in Politics & Current Events

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Answers (10)
  • Wow...that is a lot of money to just not get back.

    Answer by Mom2Just1 at 10:05 PM on Jan. 3, 2011

  • The government is incompetent, and this administration is as bad as the last.

    Answer by lovinangels at 12:13 AM on Jan. 4, 2011

  • This is why we need accountability in the bills we pass ( ie- 911 responder bill). SOME want bureaucrats to pass the bills and will make those who want accountability look bad. Fraud, waste, lacking accountability, irresponsible handling of money~ all MAJOR problems with our government. And to think, some want to give government agencies MORE control with money and individual lives in laws like the IRS overseeing of aspects of ObamaCare. Uggghhhh. Death of Common Sense!

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 1:34 AM on Jan. 4, 2011

  • I am not shocked and good luck finding the losers who committed the fraud. Probably living in Fema trailers running meth labs.

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:47 AM on Jan. 4, 2011

  • Its crazy they dont go after these people but have whole departments in the IRS to go after people who maybe filed their taxes wrong LOL. Why not set up a division to investigate and get these people in custody?

    Answer by gemgem at 9:07 AM on Jan. 4, 2011

  • Damn........wonder how many people can be put in a federal pen? Can the gov even trace back how much was given to whom??

    Answer by Michigan-Mom74 at 1:28 AM on Jan. 4, 2011

  • Why am I not surprised? People who think we cannot put a major dent in the deficit by finding and fixing or getting rid of these stupid government entities are just plain crazy. Things like this happen all the time.

    Answer by itsmesteph11 at 9:16 AM on Jan. 4, 2011

  • Typical governmental incompetence. It's bad enough the payments were made in the first place now to fail to demand repaymrent is inexcusable

    Answer by sopranomommy at 12:02 PM on Jan. 4, 2011

  • sweet-a-kins

    Comment by sweet-a-kins (original poster) at 9:36 PM on Jan. 3, 2011

  • If they start collecting it's back in the news and everyone starts talking about it again. They have to admit they made the payments in the first place, which makes them look stupid. And then they have to ask for the money back, lol. Who is going to just hand it over? What are the costs of going after these people. And, even if no one wants to say so, if most of the people are black then the Obama admin doesn't want any celebs saying Obama doesn't like black people.

    Answer by Anonymous at 6:39 PM on Jan. 4, 2011