In what USA TODAY called "rare move", a dozen reports evaluating the Federal Emergency Management Agency's responses to disasters under President Barack Obama have been scrubbed from FEMA's website.
The reports, from disasters between 2012 and 2016, were primarily positive evaluations of FEMA's efforts.
The 12 reports were rescinded by the Department of Homeland Security's Office of Inspector General because they "may have not adequately answered objectives and, in some cases, may have lacked sufficient and appropriate evidence to support conclusions," read the internal memo issued Thursday. "In an abundance of caution, we believe it best to recall the reports and not re-issue them."
The reports being removed include initial assessments of FEMA's response to several disasters including two reports in 2013 on Hurricane Sandy in the Northeast, a 2014 report on storms and tornadoes in Oklahoma, and a 2016 report on severe wildfires in California.
FEMA administer under Obama Craig Fugate called the decision to pull the reports "curious" and jokingly said he guesses "the Obama administration didn't do anything right then".
But Arlen Morales, a spokeswoman for the DHS Inspector General, defended the move.
"At DHS OIG, we hold ourselves to the highest standards for our important work conducting oversight on behalf of American taxpayers," she said in an email. "It has come to our attention that we may have failed to meet these standards in some of our reports evaluating FEMA’s initial response to several disasters."