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Troublesome: New FEMA Request for $100 Million Single Vendor Puerto Rico Recovery Contract

Dec 1, 2017
Correspondence

(WASHINGTON) – Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, sent a letter to Acting Homeland Security Secretary Elaine Duke regarding a Request for Information (RFI) issued by FEMA for Resource Capability and Transportation Support needs in the wake of extensive hurricane damage in Puerto Rico. The contract to a single vendor could be worth more than $100 million.

Letter excerpts:

“We have certainly seen the danger in awarding a single vendor a contract of this magnitude, namely the award of a now-canceled $300 million contract to Whitefish Energy Holdings, a company that clearly lacked the capacity to manage the reconstruction of the Puerto Rico power grid.”

“It goes without saying that those directly impacted by Hurricanes Irma and Maria should be the first in line to participate in rebuilding and recovery efforts.  Small, local, and minority-owned businesses should be granted a fair opportunity to contract with the federal government.”

Link to letter

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