Wednesday, June 11, 2008

That's our FEMA!

Posted By on Wed, Jun 11, 2008 at 7:45 PM

Hoo boy. From CNN's special investigations unit, and currently front-paged at CNN.com:

FEMA gave away about $85 million in household goods meant for Hurricane Katrina victims, a CNN investigation has found.

The material -- from basic kitchen goods to sleeping necessities -- sat in warehouses for two years before the Federal Emergency Management Agency's giveaway to federal and state agencies this year.

James McIntyre, FEMA's acting press secretary, told CNN that FEMA was spending more than $1 million a year to store the material and that another agency wanted the warehouses torn down, so "we needed to vacate them."

"Upon review of our assets and our need to continue to store them, we determined that they were excess to FEMA's needs; therefore, they are being excessed from FEMA's inventory," McIntyre wrote in an e-mail.

He declined a request for an on-camera interview, telling CNN the giveaway was "not news."

The whole story deserves to be read and discussed (and, once again, several people at FEMA should probably be "excessed" themselves) but this item stood out:

These items also were offered to all states -- yet Louisiana, where most of the people displaced by the storm live, passed on taking any of them.

The 'state' passed?

Who, exactly, would that be? Offices and names?

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