FEMA: City of Augusta broke protocol, may not be fully reimbursed for ice storm cleanup

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Saturday, June 21, 2014

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- The City of Augusta may not be fully reimbursed for debris pick up after the February ice storm.

In a letter News 12 obtained, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) claim the city did not follow certain regulatory standards when it hired the contractors Ashbritt and Leidos.

Commissioners received the letter Friday afternoon. The letter states the City of Augusta did not comply with certain procurement standards, like having correct contracts, documentation, and including a prohibited local preference requirement into the contractors' contracts.

That means the city may not get reimbursed for work done from April 8th through the end of the job.

The letter says protocol was not followed from February 25th through April 7th also, but FEMA writes they will excuse that because it was in an extreme emergency situation.

Federal Coordinating Officer W. Michael Moore with FEMA listed specific example of how the City of Augusta broke protocol. We've attached the entire letter for you to read.

The letter says FEMA has not made any final determinations as to Augusta's eligibility to be reimbursed.

Stay with News 12 as we learn more.

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