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September 29, 2015

Grassley Demands Details on Red Cross Response to GAO Review

Senator Charles Grassley is asking the Government Accountability Office for more information on what he termed the American Red Cross's "apparent unwillingness to fully cooperate" with a federal review of its emergency relief work, ProPublica reports.

In a letter to the watchdog agency, the Iowa Republican sought a list of material the Red Cross refused to supply to investigators and the names of officials with the charity who did not cooperate with the probe. The head of the GAO probe said earlier this month that the Red Cross did not give "unfettered access" to investigators looking into the organization's handling of disasters such as Hurricane Sandy.

The GAO's report called for greater independent oversight of the Red Cross's relief work. The charity, though not a government agency, is chartered by Congress to take a leading role in domestic disaster response. Mr. Grassley is also pursuing an inquiry into how the Red Cross used nearly half a billion dollars in donations for earthquake relief in Haiti.