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State, ICF Agree Upon Road Home Performance Measures through End of June

New performance measures signed by the state and ICF International mandate that the Road Home close 116,000 total cases, complete more than 2,300 second disbursements and 500 elevation second disbursements by the end of June or face penalties of more than $1 million, the state announced Friday. The state and ICF signed the agreed upon measures Thursday. For the first time, they include performance measures for the Small Rental Property Program (SRPP) in addition to the Road Home homeowner program.

LRA Board Approves $30 Million to Create Statewide Generator Program

The state will use $30 million of its allocation of hazard mitigation funds to create a statewide program to purchase generators for critical facilities statewide under a plan approved by the Louisiana Recovery Authority's Board of Directors Monday. The board also approve funding for Recovery Corps and East Baton Rouge Parish's Long Term Community Recovery program plan.

State of Louisiana May Withhold $3 Million in Payments to ICF International

The state of Louisiana may withhold more than $3 million from Road Home contractor ICF International if it does not correct state-identified findings on more than 600 closed applicant files in the next 14 days. ICF has until April 24, 2008 to address state-identified compliance and documentation findings in 607 files in accordance with quality assurance and control measures or the state will withhold $5,495 for each applicant file with a remaining finding, the state told ICF in a letter on Tuesday.

Louisiana's Road Home Program Pays First Elevation Checks to Homeowners

The state last week distributed the first checks for home elevations through the Road Home program to homeowners, just six weeks after announcing it was reactivating its elevation program and speeding the process of getting aid by forgoing award calculations and offering a flat amount for elevation. The LRA and the Office of Community Development (OCD) announced in late February 2008 that the state was reactivating the elevation program and notifying homeowners who qualified for elevation awards by letter. To date, the Road Home has mailed more than 22,000 of 70,000 letters to homeowners.

State Pays $102 Million in the First Month of New Express Pay System

One month after the implementation of the new Express Pay System, the state has paid nearly $102 million in Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Public Assistance funds to local applicants. The new program, administered by the Louisiana Recovery Authority (LRA) and the Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP), has reduced the wait time for local governments to receive reimbursements to less than a week.

Federal and State Officials Commit $284 Thousand For Public Water System Repairs

The town of Gramercy will receive about $284,000 in obligated funds to repair the town's water intake and discharge system, damaged by a cargo ship during Hurricane Katrina. Since the 2005 storm, the city has been using an "emergency stand-by system" consisting of portable pumps used to filter water from the Mississippi River. The system serves approximately 3,300 residents as well as local industries.

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