FEMA Contract Troubles - KLFY News 10

October 10, 2005

FEMA Contract Troubles

Louisiana business owners are concerned about some of FEMA's dealings.

The agency has been hiring out-of-state companies for hurricane relief work.

Out of the 140 contracts awarded through the beginning of the month, only two went to companies here in Louisiana.

Local firms are claiming that FEMA puts a premium on their past relationships.

Federal officials acknowledge that they frequently use companies they've worked with before.

In an effort to help state businesses get some of the contracts, Representative Bobby Jindal has filed a bill requiring at least 30% of the contracts be awarded to local, small businesses.

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