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Appendix I: Objectives, Scope, and Methodology

findings cannot be generalized to all sites, but when coupled with our other results they do provide useful insight into FEMA’s expenses.

Finally, our interviews with FEMA officials, contractor personnel, and confidential informants led us to identify improper activity associated with the contract award process. To further investigate this activity, we reviewed and compared the contract proposals, total bid prices, line item bids, and government estimates for work. It is important to note that we did not conduct a comprehensive evaluation of whether FEMA adhered to its own solicitation requirements and other laws or regulations when awarding the 10 MD or 5 group site maintenance contracts.

We conducted our work from October 2006 through July 2007. We conducted our investigative work in accordance with the standards prescribed by the Presidents Council on Integrity and Efficiency and conducted our audit work in accordance with generally accepted government auditing standards.

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