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  • DHS Inspector General: FEMA Improperly Awarded Fire Grant to ACORN

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    The Daily Caller recently reported on and posted an embargoed Department of Homeland Security Inspector General audit of a FEMA fire prevention grant to the ACORN. In fiscal year 2007, ACORN created the ACORN Institute to specifically apply for a $1 million FEMA grant to help urban communities prevent fires. According to the Inspector General audit, FEMA’s grant application review panel recommended against awarding ACORN grant funding because of concerns over ACORN’s lack of fire prevention experience and doubts about the proposed project’s effectiveness. Despite the panel’s rejection based on the merits of ACORN’s grant application, FEMA awarded ACORN $450,484 in grant funding.

    The Inspector General audit found that ACORN mislead FEMA by stating in its grant application that ACORN was experienced at implementing fire prevention programs in Madison, North Carolina, New Orleans, Louisiana, and Berkley, California. The Inspector General found that ACORN did not have any involvement in fire prevention programs in these communities.

    In addition, the audit found that FEMA awarded ACORN the grant funding despite rejecting or funding at lower levels other organizations applying for grants to fund similar fire prevention programs. The Inspector General audit concluded that “the lack of experience ACORN Institute demonstrated in fire prevention and safety and its unconfirmed collaboration with experts in this area, FEMA should not have awarded these grants to ACORN Institute.”

    Despite billions in grants across the United States, the FEMA’s fire grant program has not reduced the number of deaths and injuries resulting from fires. A Heritage Foundation Center for Data Analysis Report found that “fire grants, including grants that subsidize the salaries of firefighters, had no impact on fire casualties [and] failed to reduce firefighter deaths, firefighter injuries, civilian deaths, or civilian injuries.” More damning, the report found that fire departments that did not received federal grants “were just as successful at preventing fire casualties as grant-funded fire departments.”

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    6 Responses to DHS Inspector General: FEMA Improperly Awarded Fire Grant to ACORN

    1. Richard_FL says:

      Well now let me see……………anyone willing to bet that an investigation by the US Attorney General's office will not be forthcoming over this blatant and felonious misrepresentation to gain access to these grant funds.

      You can rest assured that had anyone of us been caught so doing……….we would receive a knock on the door in short order.

      So I guess what we need to do is just keep a list and once we rid ourselves of this corrupt administration and all of its minions and have trustworthy people in these offices once again……….let the investigations, indictments and prosecutions begin. It makes me no difference how deep or who gets caught up in the "dragnet" it is the only way we are going to get things back on track.

      Build another prison exclusively for this coming purge of these vermon, use TARP funds if we must, but let's be sure that it has a full house around 2014!!

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    4. Bobbie says:

      Today's America has become when you're any part of government, you have authority to abuse, to be wasteful, ignorant, deceitful and degrading to the people you serve and hold no accountabilities or responsibilities for any government actions taken. This administration is undisciplined and unprincipled.

      Everyday the government gets away with their accountabilities is another day of complacency.

      The observed incompetence of democrat party and indignant republicans is pathetic. You're not democrats anymore. You're obamacrats. SERVE THE PEOPLE, NOT THE PRESIDENT! HIS MIND IS NOT AN AMERICAN THINKER!

      Immigrants and American born aren't here to live the same government immigrants took refuge from.

      Thank goodness for those few that have the integrity to stand for truth, and the founding principles that make this country successful or survive the country from this disgraceful, deceitful leadership who exemplify nothing but weakness of themselves and all people coerced by them.

      Please stand up to this man and his ignorant cohorts and don't back down from the founding of American principles and values and freedoms of the people.

      Please keep in mind IF IT LACKS COMMON SENSE OR REASON, THERE IS NO "COMMON GROUND!"

      PLEASE AVOID THE TRAPS SET!! Our freedom is in your hands…

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