Monday, December 27, 2004

Red Tape & Disaster Dollars

The federal agency that's supposed to deliver help to storm victims is now part of Washington's anti-terrorism efforts. FEMA fell under the Department of Homeland Security after 9/11. Critics, including former directer James Lee Witt, say it went from a rapid response team to part of a bureaucratic behemoth. In the wake Hurricane Charley, FEMA delivered 560,000 pounds of ice and 200,000 liters of water in the first day. But the Department's Inspector General is looking into $28 million in possible fraud in that response. (WashPost)

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