Audit: FEMA grant wrongly given to ACORN Institute
NEW ORLEANS - A government audit says the Federal Emergency Management Agency overruled its review board to give a $450,500 grant to an ACORN affiliate that should not have received the money.
The Department of Homeland Security Inspector General's Office also says the ACORN Institute didn't do all it said it would with the money and couldn't prove how it spent more than one-third of it.
It says FEMA lacked the oversight either to keep the group from getting the grant or to fully evaluate its use.
In a letter dated Sept. 1, the institute's attorney protested that auditors refused to accept documents that would have resolved most concerns. Edward Waters also wrote that auditors refused to let the group review and comment on the draft audit, saying the institute wasn't being audited.