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contractors must maintain records to document that the inspection was performed. After the contract awards, FEMA provided the contractors with a temporary housing unit inspection sheet (see app. II). Once completed, this inspection sheet should contain the following:

The trailer’s FEMA-issued barcode (noted as “temporary housing unit no.” on the form). It should be noted that MD contractors told us that the barcode information they received from the original contractors was incomplete and they had trouble figuring out which trailers they were assigned.

A checklist of interior components inspected.

A checklist of exterior components inspected.

The trailer occupant’s signature verifying that both interior and exterior inspection occurred. According to our discussions with FEMA, if a unit occupant is not home to sign the inspection sheet (and therefore the inspector does not have access to the interior components of the unit), the inspector is required to make at least two additional attempts to conduct a complete inspection. If the occupant is still not available to sign the inspection sheet or allow access to the interior of the unit, the inspector must note on the sheet that three attempts were made to complete the work in order to submit a valid invoice for payment. All of the contractors confirmed that FEMA told them to make three attempts to inspect a unit prior to submitting an invoice for payment, even though this requirement is not stated in the contract.

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