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Amerigo Vespucci Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-19-08 07:37 PM
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FEMA misspent money from trailer sales
Source: The Raw Story

The Federal Emergency Management Agency misspent millions of dollars it received from selling used travel trailers, government investigators have found.

Instead of buying more trailers as allowed under the law FEMA used more than $13 million toward fully loaded sport utility vehicles, travel expenses and purchase card accounts, according to a draft report by the Homeland Security Department's inspector general obtained by The Associated Press. The report is to be released Friday.

During its three-month review last summer, the inspector general found that FEMA used some of the proceeds from trailer sales for tree-removal services, agency decals and banners and global positioning systems. FEMA spokesman James McIntyre said the agency discovered these problems on its own and has taken steps to fix them.

After Hurricane Katrina, FEMA purchased 200,000 travel trailers and mobile homes. When displaced hurricane victims leave these housing units, FEMA may sell the units to the general public. The law states that FEMA must use proceeds from these sales to buy more trailers or return the money to the U.S. Treasury.

Read more: http://www.rawstory.com/news/mochila/FEMA_misspent_mone...





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MadMaddie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-19-08 07:38 PM
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1. This is mismanagement at it's worst ....even criminal
Edited on Tue Feb-19-08 07:40 PM by MadMaddie
why are these damn people not n jail?
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Parche Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-19-08 07:39 PM
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2. They get mad at this
But they lose over $12billion cash in Iraq and no one questions it?
:grr: :grr: :grr: :hi:
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TheDebbieDee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-19-08 08:00 PM
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5. Those pallets of cash dropped in Iraq,
You ever think that perhaps this cash was printed up by the US Mint at *'s direction without proper authorization?

If you think about it, you will have no doubt that this is exactly what happened.
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rocktivity Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-19-08 07:44 PM
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3. Candidate for this month's "You Call This NEWS?" Award
"FEMA misspent..."

:boring:
rocknation
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Canuckistanian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-19-08 09:05 PM
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8. Exactly
Edited on Tue Feb-19-08 09:06 PM by Canuckistanian
This is just ordinary, more-of-the-same BS we've been used to seeing.

Nobody will get punished, nobody will be held accountable.

Hell, nobody will even HEAR about this.
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SpiralHawk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-19-08 07:54 PM
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4. More, more, more republicon cronyism & corruption
No surprise...
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raouldukelives Donating Member (945 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-19-08 08:04 PM
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6. Well it wasn't a home..
But I'm sure the disaster victims that got the SUV's, purchase card accounts and travel expenses weren't too unhappy with it.
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provis99 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-19-08 09:00 PM
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7. the article doesn't say the disaster victims got the SUVs
Without further details, I would guess the SUVs went to managers at FEMA, not disaster victims.
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salin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-19-08 09:40 PM
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9. the disaster victims wouldn't have received anything...
FEMA sold (and got the revenues) after the victims moved *out* of the trailors. That money went to FEMA and those SUVs, etc. went workers at FEMA. They didn't do anything for victims of that or subsequent disasters. Thus instead of recouping some of the original costs that could be used for future disasters (thus cutting down the overall new costs of future disasters to tax payers) the money was mispent by FEMA.
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jwirr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-19-08 10:38 PM
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10. The first thing our new president should do is call for a full government
audit and move to recoup all missing or misused money. These people own us reparations.
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