(IID Board takes action for FEMA’s benefit)….The Imperial Irrigation District Board also commented on a recent report.
The report is from the Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General. The IID says the report suggests the Federal Emergency Management Agency should seek to recover grant funds that were paid to the District for repairs after the April 4th, 2010 magnitude 7.2 earthquake. The District said Tuesday use of the funds granted were spent properly. They said the problem the Office of Inspector General has is clerical. They said contractors used for emergency repairs after the quake were qualified, but the District failed to note that in documents sent to FEMA. Another problem the District has with the report is the demand that funds be returned. Funds that were never received by the IID. Tuesday the IID Board agreed to change language in their Procurement of Goods and Services Policy. The Language now states the IID will take all necessary affirmative steps to assure that minority firms, women’s business enterprises, and labor surplus area firms are used when possible. IID General Manager Kevin Kelley said that language was requested by the state, which is working with the IID to solve the dispute with FEMA.