FEMA Has To Shape Up Contract Oversight, Audit Says

Law360, New York (November 15, 2010, 4:48 PM EST) -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency may be violating federal law when it awards public assistance and technical assistance contracts by focusing on equal distribution of funds among contractors rather than on expertise, according to an audit of the agency released Monday by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

When FEMA awarded contracts for response work after the 2008 floods in Iowa and Hurricanes Gustav and Ike, it may have violated the Brooks Act, which requires the government to award contracts to engineering and architecture firms based...
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