By Jaquetta White
The New Orleans Advocate
New Orleans did not adequately monitor its procurement process or consistently follow proper federal guidelines and regulations when awarding contracts for disaster recovery work following Hurricane Isaac, the Office of the Inspector General for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development said in a report released this week.
The audit covered the city’s grant period from Aug. 1, 2012, through Oct. 31, 2014. It included three of the five contracts the Landrieu administration awarded for using the disaster grant funds. The contracts were for drain cleaning, demolition and grant management services.
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