When the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act (H.R. 152) to aid the victims of Hurricane Sandy was passed and signed by the President in January 2013, Congress directed the Recovery Board to "develop and use information technology resources and oversight mechanisms to detect and remediate waste, fraud, and abuse" in the awarding and spending of the funds.
As part of this new oversight mission, the Board has begun posting information and data on the federal funds that 19 federal agencies are awarding through existing programs in the form of contracts, grants, and loans. The information can be found on FederalTransparency.gov , a website created and operated by the Recovery Board to track specific spending initiatives. To date, the Board has collected initial data on contract awards. As more awards are disbursed and states begin spending the funding, the Board will display that data as well.
In addition to the $50.5 billion H.R. 152 bill passed in January, Congress also passed and the President signed H.R. 41 designating $9.7 billion to increase the borrowing authority of FEMA for the National Flood Insurance Program. H.R. 152 provided emergency-relief funding to 19 federal agencies.
So far, FEMA has already paid out approximately $9.4 billion to cover flood insurance and relief claims. The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has announced the first allocation of $5.4 billion of the $16 billion appropriation in Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) for disaster relief. The funds will be distributed when HUD approves the states’ respective internal plans for spending the money.
Read H.R. 41
Read H.R. 152
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