Thursday, March 16, 2006

Offered With No Comment

The government wasted millions of dollars in its award of post-Katrina contracts for disaster relief, including at least $3 million for 4,000 beds that were never used, federal auditors said Thursday.

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Of more than 700 contracts valued at $500,000 or greater, more than half were awarded without competition, often to politically connected companies such as Halliburton subsidiary Kellogg, Brown & Root, Bechtel Corp. and AshBritt Inc.

Democrats, in particular, in recent weeks have called for limits on
no-bid agreements, which they say have been awarded to politically connected companies at the expense of a slow Gulf Coast rebuilding effort.

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“The Bush administration has learned nothing from its disastrous contract management in Iraq,” [Henry Waxman] said. “The administration seems incapable of spending money in a way that actually meets the needs of Gulf Coast residents.”

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