New Report Exposes FEMA’s Inadequate Oversight of Contractors After Hurricane Irma
Washington, D.C. (Oct. 2, 2018)—Today, Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, the Ranking Member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, issued the following statement in response to a new report from the Inspector General of the Department of Homeland Security detailing how the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) failed to exercise adequate oversight of contractors tasked with clean-up efforts in Florida and Georgia after Hurricane Irma:
“This new report indicates that FEMA failed in one of its most basic functions—overseeing contractors charged with clean-up in the aftermath of hurricanes. Addressing poor contract oversight was supposed to have been one of the key ‘lessons learned’ after Hurricane Katrina, but these new findings suggest that FEMA is repeating the mistakes of the past. This report also raises serious questions about whether FEMA’s failure to oversee contractors may be even more aggravated in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.”
Below are highlights from the new report:
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