Comprehensive Policies and Procedures are Needed to Ensure Appropriate Use of and Accountability for International Assistance

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In response to Hurricane Katrina, countries & organizations donated cash & in-kind donations including foreign military assistance to the U.S. government. FEMA is responsible for accepting the assistance & coordinating its distribution. In light of widespread congressional & public interest in U.S. agencies' accountability in receiving & distributing assistance to hurricane victims, this report is one of several to review the fed. governments response to Hurricane Katrina. It examines: (1) the amount & use of internationally donated cash, & (2) the extent to which federal agencies have adequate policies & procedures to ensure proper accountability for the acceptance & distribution of that assistance. Includes recommendations. Charts & tables.

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