Dr. Coburn Asks HUD to Prevent Improper Hurricane Sandy Payments After New Report Identifies $700 Million Misspent Post Katrina

In a letter to Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan, Dr. Coburn asks the department to outline how it is planning to ensure $16 billion in Hurricane Sandy grants will be awarded properly after the department’s inspector general released a report detailing how 24,000 noncompliant homeowners received millions in federal grants following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.  The report found 24,000 homeowners who collectively received around $698 million in federal funding were noncompliant with properly elevating their homes, a condition of receiving the funds, after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.