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Agency responds to audit of Mississippi school's FEMA grant

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NEW ORLEANS (KWWL) -

The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency's director is responding to a federal audit recommending that the Federal Emergency Management Agency take back nearly all $3.5 million in grants allocated to a church school in Gulfport after Hurricane Katrina.

Lee Smithson notes that FEMA hasn't cut any money allocated for Hope Academy, and expects to finish its review by Jan. 31. Smithson adds that the grants were made before he became MEMA's director, and he has increased coordination among the agency's divisions.

His comments were made in what the agency sent as an "op-ed" column -- an opinion piece intended to run on the page facing a newspaper's editorial page.

The audit by the Department of Homeland Security inspector general's office was published on the agency's website last month.

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