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The Social Security Administration’s Use of Hurricane Sandy Relief Funds

January 09, 2015

Office Affiliation: The Office of Audit

Audit Report Number: A-15-14-14040

In October 2012, Hurricane Sandy caused extensive damage across Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island. The storm caused approximately $65 billion in damages.

On January 29, 2013, Congress enacted The Disaster Relief Appropriations Act, 2013 to improve and streamline disaster assistance for individuals affected by Hurricane Sandy and for other purposes. Funding for the Act totaled $50.5 billion, of which SSA received $2 million.

SSA used its Hurricane Sandy funding to replace and restore items damaged or destroyed by the storm at field and regional offices. In addition, SSA provided special allowances for travel and subsistence for SSA employees affected by Hurricane Sandy.

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