Tuesday, June 13, 2006

FEMA, you're doing a heck of a job, even without Brownie.

But they still have Chertoff. The GAO released a report finding potentially billions of dollars of fraud, and this is just from the assistance to victims.
The GAO concluded that as much as 16 percent of the billions of dollars in FEMA help to individuals after the two hurricanes was unwarranted....

.....FEMA said it has identified more than 1,500 cases of potential fraud after Katrina and Rita and has referred those cases to the Homeland Security inspector general. The agency said it has identified $16.8 million in improperly awarded disaster relief money and has started efforts to collect the money.

The GAO said it was 95 percent confident that improper and potentially fraudulent payments were much higher - between $600 million and $1.4 billion.
Some of the examples are pretty blatant and easily avoidable with good management. The thing to remember is that this is just the individual fraud and waste. The GAO has not yet catalogued the corporate fraud yet. But our experience with the Bushoviks should tell us that we are unlikely to find the extent of corporate fraud while the Republicans control Congress.


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