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Report: FEMA Handed a Big Recovery Contract to a Company That Did Nothing

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

According to an exclusive report from the Associated Press, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) handed another big hurricane recovery contract to an obscure company that clearly should have never been contracted.

Bronze Star LLC, a company that was created just two weeks before being awarded a contract by FEMA, apparently did absolutely nothing.

WASHINGTON (AP) — After Hurricane Maria damaged tens of thousands of homes in Puerto Rico, a newly created Florida company won more than $30 million in federal contracts to provide emergency tarps and plastic sheeting for repairs.

Bronze Star LLC never delivered those urgently needed supplies.

According to an exclusive Associated Press report, the Federal Emergency Management Agency terminated the contracts this month, without paying any money, and re-started the process to supply more tarps for the U.S. territory.

Whitefish Energy may have grossly over-billed the government, but at least they did something. This company did nothing at all.

FEMA reportedly canceled the contract with Bronze Star, but the agency waited a full month before doing so. Funding for relief and critical supplies was tied up on this bullshit company while people on the ground in Puerto Rico waited for help.

  • muselet

    How on Earth does a brand-spanking-new company get a $30+ million federal contract in the first place?

    And how on Earth does a company with a $30+ million line of credit from the federal government manage not to do anything? All they’d have had to do is google “wholesale tarp sales” and pick a name at random; this administration would never have audited them if they’d spent too much.

    This is the problem with having an administration full of grifters: the other grifters not only get too lazy even to attempt to make their cons look good, they get too damn’ lazy to make their own cons work.

    –alopecia

  • Badgerite

    Well, its official. trump is in the process of wrecking FEMA as he is wrecking the EPA, the CFPB, the FCC and net neutrality, the State Department, the court system and probably any other executive agency or regulatory mechanism you can think of.

    • KanaW

      Of course. That way he and his buddies can rob the entire country blind without having to worry about any repercussions at all.

      • What’s fun–and by fun I mean like stabbing oneself in the eyes with dirty glass shards–about Trump is the way he is the perfect Republican here. He’s getting rid of government, but he’s so damn crass the rest of the goobers can’t help but disown him in public. So they get to have the policies Trump carries out, but they don’t have to keep the smell of orange spray-on tan.
        I’d say thank heavens for their incompetence, but I think that makes them more dangerous.

        • KanaW

          Wow, I hadn’t even thought of that – plausible deniability…

      • Badgerite

        Its like they are hollowing America out from the inside. And his buddies probably include Putin and the Russian mob. Tillerson just got rid of the office in the State Department charged with enforcement of US Sanctions laws. So, Magnitsky Act. What Magnitsky Act?
        This makes me sick, really. I have known for some time that the GOP is intellectually and morally bankrupt but the immorality of this surprises even me.

        • KanaW

          Me, too. I used to think that GW was the worst president possible. I now eat my words. This is horrific.