Sewerage & Water Board Of New Orleans Facing Federal Audit

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The agency that oversees drainage, sewer and water systems in New Orleans faces an audit of its spending of federal money received following Hurricane Katrina.

New Orleans news outlets report that the Department of Homeland Security's Office of Inspector General notified the Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans of the planned audit in a letter. It was made public at a committee meeting Monday.

It says the audit is to determine whether the board spent and accounted for Federal Emergency Management Agency money in accordance with regulations and guidelines.

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In statements Monday, the board and Mayor Mitch Landrieu's office characterized the audit as routine.

The Sewerage and Water Board has been the focus of criticism and scrutiny since August flooding revealed problems with the city's storm drainage system.

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