What Would Joe Do for $17,000?

Scout Prime has a really superb post up on this WaPo article, which in turn talks about the big contractors that failed miserably in their Katrina response, but which have just gotten new contracts for further hurricaine response. From Scout Prime’s post:

Companies that received 4 FEMA Katrina contracts "repeatedly faulted"by the DHS inspector general, congressional auditors and the Senatereceived 4 new FEMA contracts for future hurricane work.

From WaPo…..


Four no-bid contracts awarded by the Federal EmergencyManagement Agency to house Hurricane Katrina evacuees have ballooned invalue from $400 million to about $3.4 billion, prompting renewedscrutiny from Congress and federal auditors about the disaster agency’smanagement of the aftermath of the storm.

A review is underway into how the contracts were awarded, the partiesinvolved and their documentary support, according to Marta Metelko,spokeswoman for [DHS] Inspector General Richard L. Skinner.

The companies that received the contracts were:

–Shaw Environmental & Infrastructure
–Bechtel National
–CH2M Hill Inc.
–Fluor Enterprises Inc.

Despite this the same 4 companies have been awarded contracts for future hurricane work. From the Times Picayune….


WASHINGTON (AP) — The Bush administration on Wednesdayawarded temporary housing contracts worth up to $1.5 billion for futurehurricane disasters, including four to companies that previouslyreceived no-bid contracts for Katrina work.

She (he?) blamed this on Bush cronies like Bush buddy Joe Allbaugh (whom we can thank for Michael "Heckova Job" Brownie). But since the ranking member of the Senate Homeland Security committee just left our party, I thought it appropriate to see if he’s part of the same nasty cronyism.

  1. David in Burbank says:

    So it is absolutely clear in every way that the absolute worst thing that could happen to Bush and his cabal is for Democrats to take over either house of congress and be able to actually ask them questions under oath about nearly anthing thing thay have done for tha past 5 years.

  2. mamayaga says:

    Matt Stoller compiled a list of the donors for the big $1.3 mil flurry of fundraising Joe did in the week before the primary. You can find it here, but the information is not complete on the employers of the donors.

  3. QuickSilver says:

    O mutineer with me against these dull captains!
    Gird your scorn again above all at
    this word
    pompous and vague on the stump of its career….

    emptywheel, don’t change a thing, I just love the way you spell ’hurricaine’….

  4. QuickSilver says:

    In fact, I love that you don’t use spellcheck.

    The lines are from John Berryman, Sonnet 23 (I think), which are from memory so don’t quote me on them…

  5. semiot says:

    Glad to see you are finding new things to do in your spare time EW, while Fitz works to bring the Cheneybots to account.

    As always, you humble me with your energy for the good.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Damn. Someone’s checking me for SPELLING?

    Actually, I DO use spellcheck. But once it brings up emptywheel for the 1453285th time, I usually ignore the other errors in the top of the page.

    It doesn’t explain the last line. Maybe TypePad doesn’t know how to spell it either.


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