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Results in Brief
Cost and Scope of PA for Gulf Coast Rebuilding Is Very Large and
Will Likely Increase
Challenges in the Day-to-Day Operation of the PA Program Slowed
Human Capital Challenges Contributed to Delays
Recommendations for Executive Action
Appendix I Objectives, Scope, and Methodology 47
Appendix II Comments from the Department of Homeland
Appendix III GAO Contact and Staff Acknowledgments 56
Table 1: FEMA-Reported Number of Projects (Which Include
Versions) Compared to Numbers of Unique Project
Table 2: Number of Preparers Working on Large Permanent Work
PA Projects 41
Figure 1: Overview of the Public Assistance Process 10
Figure 2: Comparison of Total PA Funds for Selected Large
Figure 3: Louisiana and Mississippi Federal PA Dollars Available 16
Figure 4: Public Assistance Funds Paid to Applicants in Louisiana
and Mississippi 17
Figure 5: FEMA's Public Assistance Appeal Process 35
GAO-09-129 Public Assistance in the Gulf Coast
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