State Auditor Tom Salmon, CPA, and the New England Municipal Resource Center (NEMRC) have joined together to provide informational seminars for municipal officials regarding the accounting procedures required by FEMA and how to prepare for a FEMA audit. Also participating are Larry Arnold, FEMA’s DHS OIG manager, and CPA Fred Duplessis of Sullivan Powers Co. in Montpelier. According to NEMRC President Ernie Saunders these training sessions will help indentify best practices, proper documentation and procurement, and optimal reimbursements. ‘These seminars are designed to help define the expectations and pitfalls that may occur during the coming months and how we can plan and work together to make the best of a bad situation,’ Saunders said. Salmon agreed saying, ‘It is critically important that we have a good process over the next two years to ensure towns do things right to optimize reimbursement. We don’t want to find out later that a federal audit disallows project costs.’ The two free seminars will be held on Thursday October 13 at the Holiday Inn in Rutland and Friday, October 14 at the Lake Morey Resort in Fairlee. Refreshments will be served.