Haste makes waste, so a certain amount of mismanagement and abuse was to be expected when the government rushed relief after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. But nothing like this — up to $2 billion in scams, waste and bureaucratic bungles, The New York Times calculated. That’s nearly 11 percent of the $19 billion spent by the Federal Emergency Management Agency as of mid-June.
Examples cited by the Times include $10 million in rental and disaster-relief assistance to about 1,100 prison inmates, and renovations for a shelter at a former Alabama Army base that cost about $416,000 per evacuee.
Said Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, chairwoman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee: “The blatant fraud, the audacity of the schemes, the scale of the waste — it is just breathtaking.”
Posted by Phillip Brownlee
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