From Bloomberg News: FEMA Is Spending Billions, and Some Questionable Companies Are Getting Work. A surge in disaster contracts from hurricanes has put the agency under pressure to bypass the usual competitive bidding process.
This year’s record hurricane season has led to the biggest spike in government disaster contracts in more than a decade, testing the government’s ability to manage the unpredictable and growing costs of climate change. Since Hurricane Harvey struck Texas on Aug. 25, the Federal Emergency Management Agency has awarded $2.2 billion in contracts….
BOTTOM LINE – Since Hurricane Harvey hit, FEMA has given out $2.2 billion in contracts, some of which are being awarded to companies with past violations for similar work.
Update: On the one hand I am sympathetic to FEMA: the agency is working 22 disasters; they are trying to hire 2,000 new employees, and they are contracting out for billions of dollars of goods and services. I know the staff is working hard.
But as a taxpayer, I am concerned about contracts for essential drinking water from a contractor who has not meet deadlines and commitments for a previous disaster response.
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