You Screwed Up; Here’s a Couple Billion

Does it make sense to give the agency blamed for blocking aid to New Orleans a blank multi-billion dollar check?

More than 80 percent of the $1.5 billion in contracts signed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency alone were awarded without bidding or with limited competition, government records show, provoking concerns among auditors and government officials about the potential for favoritism or abuse.

Already, questions have been raised about the political connections of two major contractors – the Shaw Group and Kellogg, Brown & Root, a subsidiary of Halliburton – that have been represented by the lobbyist Joe M. Allbaugh, President Bush’s former campaign manager and a former leader of FEMA.

Hey, maybe that’s why FEMA turned away humanitarian aid–you can’t deposit bags of ice in a numbered account at a bank in the Cayman Islands.

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