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August 12, 2006

Nat’l Journal on “Katrina, one year later”

Filed under: Preparedness and Response — by Christian Beckner on August 12, 2006

The National Journal has a set of stories in its issue this week that look at the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, nearly one year after the storm hit Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama. The five stories paint a picture of a region of the country that is still struggling to recover from the hurricane, even with the massive infusion of money arriving from federal coffers. There’s not much in the way of new information in the set of stories, but they provide a useful synthesis of the challenges still facing the recovery efforts.

On a related note, check out these two stories from the Washington Post earlier in the week on contracting at FEMA, which note that the same four firms which received no-bid contracts from FEMA in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Katrina – contracts that mushroomed from $400 million to $3.4 billion – received new contracts this week (although this time via a bidding process).

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