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    Default The Correct Story on FIRE GRANT Applications

    This is from the USFA. These are the facts.

    The following is from Brian Cowan, Director of Grant Programs for FEMA:

    A few dozen departments around the country were allowed to EDIT their originally submitted data at FEMA'S REQUEST.

    This was basic demographic data ONLY in order to make some data complete or more factual. FEMA contacted these departments because of some information that was missing or incomplete, or didn't add up. If you were not contacted, you have no issues.

    These Departments were allowed to edit their information within the structure of the online form, but they were for applications that had been already submitted as appropriate by the deadline.

    They were not allowed to submit new applications. They were ALREADY submitted. It was just minor edits to demographic information and the authorized individual on these grants was allowed to make on those applications.

    There were multiple departments that were affected.

    Once again, these are the facts. No NEW applications submitted after April 5 were accepted by FEMA. In fact, no NEW applications could be started after April 1. Just some minor edits.

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    Here is a response I got from FEMA (from an email I sent out before the Webteam started this thread). Basically what the Webteam said.

    Mr. Novak:

    Thank you for your message to USFAGRANTS. They have forwarded it to me for
    reply.

    A Mr. Stevens participated on a firehouse.com chat room about the
    Assistance to Firefighters grants, and I presume that is the instance to
    which you are referring. There were applications in which the departmental
    characteristics looked suspicious to us as we examined the data on submitted
    applications. It may have had to do with Mr. Stevens' preparation (and
    others' besides Mr. Stevens) of more than one application. Clearly, the
    e-grant application was an enormous success, yet with over 19,550 data
    entries, and hundreds of thousands of data base entries, there was the
    potential for such issues. In any case, we determined that, provided that
    the actual request information was not being updated, it would be prudent to
    allow a correction to these departmental characteristics in those few
    instances that arose. Firehouse.com has apparently determined that they
    would post an end to the string of chat room dialogue on this, and that end
    is repeated below for your information.

    I understand that Mr. Stevens' representation of the facts in this matter
    have concerned you. We are sorry to have unnecessarily or inadvertently
    upset the views of yourself and others about the grant program. Please be
    assured that we do everything we can to maintain a fair and balanced grant
    program. Thanks you for your continued interest in this program.

    From Firehouse.com:

    A few dozen departments around the country were allowed to EDIT their
    originally submitted data at FEMA'S REQUEST.

    This was basic demographic data ONLY in order to make some data complete or
    more factual. FEMA contacted these departments because of some information
    that was missing or incomplete, or didn't add up. If you were not contacted,
    you have no issues.

    These Departments were allowed to edit their information within the
    structure of the online form, but they were for applications that had been
    already submitted as appropriate by the deadline.

    They were not allowed to submit new applications. They were ALREADY
    submitted. It was just minor edits to demographic information and the
    authorized individual on these grants was allowed to make on those
    applications.

    There were multiple departments that were affected.

    Once again, these are the facts. No NEW applications submitted after April 5
    were accepted by FEMA. In fact, no NEW applications could be started after
    April 1. Just some minor edits.

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