Audit Questions $13M In Tulane Katrina Aid

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The inspector general for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security says federal emergency officials should recover nearly $13 million in Hurricane Katrina recovery aid awarded to Tulane University.

         The report also says Louisiana officials should review more than $290 million in recovery aid given to Tulane after the 2005 storm.

         An Oct. 8 audit report says a contractor working on a Tulane project either overbilled or could not document $13 million in costs.

         The report noted nearly $7 million in unsupported fuel, equipment and labor costs and another $3.8 million in excessively high equipment costs. It also cited more than $1 million in volume discounts the university should have received, which would have reduced costs.

         A Tulane spokesman said the university would comment later Wednesday.

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