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Buzzfeed: Puerto Rico's Local Mayors Are The Front Line Of Relief Efforts As They Wait For The Government


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During an interview on WAPA Radio, Rodriguez criticized two officials who failed to deliver needed supplies to their constituents, Metro PRreported.

“This morning we received information from a town on the Island where a person close to the municipal administration was asking one of our federal agents that the supplies that were there could not be touched because they were for his mayor,” said Rodríguez, noting that the case is currently under investigation.

She added she also learned from another source on the island that an official was hoarding supplies for residents “who had voted for that person.”

The announcement of the investigation happened at the request of Gov. Ricardo Rosello, when he became aware of numerous reports that FEMA supplies to some mayors were not reaching Puerto Rican residents.

 

http://dailycaller.com/2017/10/09/u-s-prosecutor-to-investigate-puerto-rican-officials-accused-of-preventing-aid-from-reaching-people/

 

oh and the military has now taken over distribution.

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Nope, nothin to see, move along...............

 

 

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A copy of the deal highlighted by reporter Ken Klippenstein reveals that the government isn't allowed to "audit or review the cost and profit elements" under the agreement, allowing the company greater discretion and secrecy for how it spends the $300 million to restore power to the island.

 

http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/357473-whitefish-energy-contract-bars-government-from-auditing-deal

 

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"Under the contract, the hourly rate was set at $330 for a site supervisor, and at $227.88 for a 'journeyman lineman,' " The Washington Post reports. "The cost for subcontractors, which make up the bulk of Whitefish's workforce, is $462 per hour for a supervisor and $319.04 for a lineman. Whitefish also charges nightly accommodation fees of $332 per worker and almost $80 per day for food."

 

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/10/24/559864118/tiny-montana-firm-gets-300-million-contract-to-help-restore-power-in-puerto-rico

 

And the actual workers on site get how much while Whitefish pockets the difference?

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16 minutes ago, twa said:

How do those rates compare to other emergency electric repair contracts in the islands?

 

or is that asking too much from a reporter

That’s a good question, apparently it’s too much for FEMA to answer as well.

 



Based on initial review and information from PREPA, FEMA has significant concerns with how PREPA procured this contract and has not confirmed whether the contract prices are reasonable," the agency said,

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/10/27/560422492/heres-what-s-in-that-300-million-whitefish-contract

 

I love how twa immediately attacks the reporter. Classic Trumpworld tactics.

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27 minutes ago, twa said:

if that is a attack they are a snowflake.

 

LoL you don’t even get it, instead of shining light on FEMA and the Trump Administration’s pathetic response and what seems like a highly irregular contract given to a two year old company with two full time employees...YOU instead want to criticize the journalist for something that FEMA itself hasn’t determined.

I get it though, that response for you is probably just a knee jerk reaction from spending too much time defending Trump and GOPers from those shining a light into their darkness.

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This isnt a time for politics.  This is a time of indictment charges.  By name alone, the Federal Emergency Management Agency should have a clue as to the methodologies of how to MANAGE an emergency.  They dont.  Its not funny.  And as a result of their failures, people are dying.  Im not in the financial position to go down and help or i would. My family needs help.  Americans need help.  And noone seems to want to listen or see the problem.  FEMA needs to retool itself.  In the meantime, send as much food and clean water as possible and enough people to distribute it.  

 

This is disgusting.  

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