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22 Jul
Millions in improper Katrina, Rita aid not yet recovered
Joplin Missouri a contrast

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has not attempted to recoup some $643 million in payments that were improperly given to 160,000 individuals for housing and other aid following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, an independent government investigator says.

In a letter to FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate, Inspector General Richard Skinner wrote that a federal court in 2008 ordered FEMA to change its process for recovering the money. But Monday, three years after that court ruling, “These payments remain uncollected because your office has not given final approval of a new recoupment process,” Skinner wrote.

Following the back-to-back storms in 2005, FEMA disbursed more than $7 billion in assistance to survivors. At the time, the government placed a premium on distributing the money quickly because of the dire needs of residents of the Gulf Coast. The money was intended for rental assistance, home repairs, housing replacement, moving costs, medical costs and other individual assistance.

But in the storm’s wake, FEMA estimated that approximately $643 million of the payments were improper due to human error and fraud.

Early efforts to recover the money were themselves flawed, and in June of 2007, a federal judge ordered FEMA to discontinue its debt collection until changes were made to the process. FEMA immediately complied, Skinner wrote, and in 2008 the agency announced that it was stopping its recoupment of improper disaster payments until it could establish new procedures. FEMA also announced it would review each case of suspected fraud to confirm the validity of the debt.

But, Skinner wrote, FEMA’s new recovery process has been awaiting approval by the administrator since late 2008. While FEMA has established a strategy, identified the necessary staff and initiated a review of the 160,000 cases, “your office has not instructed the responsible parties to restart the recoupment process,” Skinner wrote to Fugate. “Further delay only makes aging debts more difficult to collect,” Skinner wrote.

In a statement to CNN, FEMA spokeswoman Rachel Racusen said FEMA is “committed to being responsible stewards of taxpayer dollars.”

MORE MONEY WAS PUMPED INTO NEW ORLEANS BY THE FED
MOBILE HOMES WERE SUPPLIED TO THOSE WHO NEEDED HOUSING. THOUSANDS OF MOBILE HOMES SAT IN STORAGE AND BECAME UNUSABLE ACCORDING TO FEMA

JOPLIN MISSOURI (FLY OVER COUNTRY/THE MIDWEST)

Now we have folks in Joplin Missouri living in Tent cities,makeshift housing with no relief in sight and the Obama regime moves on,completely ignoring the plight of Joplin and it’s homeless.

Why, has FEMA not been directed to provide spending money (Like Katrina folks got) why have Joplin folks been given the cold shoulder by the Obama regime, no temporary housing for those living in tents. Where are all the Hollywood types where are the Housing for humanity types, where is all the reporting (Katrina reporting went on for months/years)

Joplin is in fly over country basically a community of hard working folks,maybe they are not vocal enough maybe they should raise hell about this but as far as Pravda West Media goes Joplin’s plight is forgotten,

Seems to be a big divide between government aid for New Orleans and Joplin and I wonder what motivates that??

Call/Write Congress,the White House and ask why Joplin folks are living in tents why they are not being treated the same way those folks that lost their housing during Katrina–where in the HELL is the temporary FEMA housing  —

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WHY do Joplin folks have to live in makeshift tents  WHY

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