Statement from MEMA Director on Office of Inspector General Report
“I want to address the report issued today by the federal Office of Inspector General about the Coastal Retrofit Mississippi Program. While the OIG recommends deobligating 29 million dollars in federal funds, we are confident that most of the money will be deemed eligible by FEMA and the remaining funds will be recovered by the state.
It is important to note that I had no control of this program. Upon taking over on February 1, 2016, I contacted the OIG and terminated the employee mentioned in the report. All other staff associated with the retrofit program, are no longer with the agency.
I am fully cooperating with the OIG and FEMA and awaiting the results of a complete audit of the project being performed by Horne Accounting Firm to proceed forward with the State Auditor and State Attorney General.”
-Lee Smithson, MEMA Executive Director-