The OUC is a municipally owned utility company that provides water and electric services to over 400,000 residents and business with 986 overhead circuit miles and 1,640 underground circuit miles. In 2004, four hurricanes devastated the State of Florida: Charley, Frances, Ivan and Jeanne
Central Florida (Orlando) was heavily impacted, leaving millions of customers without power for several days, and some powerless for weeks. The region’s electrical infrastructure suffered severe damages. The fact that these storms hit back to back further diminished OUC’s available resources including personnel, equipment, and materials., which were being used in other areas.
The Office of Inspector General (OIG) recommended de-obligating the OUC’s $11 million in funding, in 2014, a decade later. The OUC was accused of not properly procuring contractors.
Ultimately, the decision was made not to de-obligate the funds, after DMS helped prove that the OUC’s costs were reasonable, and contractors were properly procured to complete necessary disaster related work.