FEMA

New Reporting and House Action on Katrina Contracts

September 27, 2005 - If you haven't seen it already, today's New York Times story about post-Katrina contracts byEric Lipton and Southern Exposure alumn Ron Nixon is a good one. They've culled through the government's first batch of documents about who's getting the money. Here's some of what they found:

FEMA and Florida

September 13, 2005 - Reporter Jason Leopold has a good piece summarizing the bill of indictment about FEMA's role in Florida 2004 and what it says about their response to Katrina. FEMA and the Bush Administration's response to hurricanes in Florida last year was quick and generous, which a growing number of critics in and out of government are saying had everything to do with the upcoming 2004 elections in the critical swing state. One of the juicier bits in Leopold's account:

Disconnect

September 2, 2005 - Director of Homeland "Security" Chertoff said in a press conference this afternoon that the relief effort was going great, supplies were pouring in, FEMA and the National Guard were on the scene, yada yada yada.

MIA media sighting

September 2, 2005 - By R. Neal Anderson Cooper of CNN is on the scene and interviewing Sen. Mary Landrieu remotely. He asked about the response, etc. She started praising the President and the federal government's response, naming off the list of agencies, etc.