F E M A Official: Higher-ups Delayed Katrina Aid

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F E M A Official: Higher-ups Delayed Katrina Aid

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Dec 19 2007, 01:17 PM #1

System created to help move disaster funds became a ‘black hole’

NEW ORLEANS - A week after Hurricane Katrina, a FEMA official in charge of streamlining the flow of disaster aid issued a directive that would have cut through the red tape and expedited a staggering 1,029 rebuilding projects and $5.3 billion.

The official issued a memo that said that once local and regional FEMA officials approve a project, Washington must release the money within three days.

But in a decision critics say led to the loss of precious time in New Orleans' recovery, FEMA higher-ups countermanded the order.

Whole story at MSNBC
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