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October 03, 2014

Audit Faults Nonprofit's Handling of Millions in Katrina Aid

Federal auditors say a nonprofit University of New Orleans research organization failed to account for most of the more than $19-million it received from the U.S. government to repair damage it sustained during Hurricane Katrina, The Times-Picayune writes. The University of New Orleans Research and Technology Foundation is disputing findings that it did not follow federal contracting guidelines on holding an "open and free competition" for repair projects and allotting work to women- and minority-owned small firms, the newspaper also reports.

The audit issued this week by the Department of Homeland Security's inspector general says the foundation has accounted for only $5.3-million it received from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and failed to secure FEMA's permission for millions in cost overruns. The report also raps FEMA and Louisiana emergency management officials for lax oversight.