In response to a historic string of natural disasters, Congress appropriated approximately $39.5 billion in CDBG-DR grant funds in 2017 through 2019.

GAO was asked to review a range of disaster recovery issues following the 2017 disaster season.

In its new report, the GAO addresses: (1) the fraud risks and risk environment of CDBG-DR and their impacts; and (2) the steps HUD has taken to assess fraud risk agency-wide, and specifically for CDBG-DR, in alignment with leading practices.

GAO identified four categories of fraud risks facing CDBG-DR from 2007 to 2020, including risks from contractors, disaster recovery applicants, grantees, and others.

For more information, including the recommendations to address these concerns, please click here.