Agency Management of Contractors Responding to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita

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DIANE Publishing, Apr 1, 2007 - Hurricane Katrina, 2005 - 5 pages
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Page 4 - Rebuilding Iraq: Fiscal Year 2003 Contract Award Procedures and Management Challenges, GAO-04-605 (Washington, DC: June 1, 2004).
Page 1 - ... others have identified. Contractors Role in Responding to Emergencies is Increasing The private sector is an important partner with the government in responding to and recovering from natural disasters such as Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. As we recently noted,' such partnerships increasingly underlie critical government operations. With hundreds of billions of tax dollars spent each year on goods and services, it is essential that all federal agency acquisitions be handled in an efficient, effective,...
Page 1 - Administration (GSA), the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and the US Army Corps of Engineers (the Corps).
Page 4 - If surveillance is not conducted, not sufficient, or not well documented, DOD is at risk of being unable to identify and correct poor contractor performance in a timely manner and potentially paying too much for the services it receives.
Page 4 - ... and correct poor contractor performance, and agencies will be at risk of overpaying contractors. Our work indicated that while monitoring was occurring on the contracts we reviewed, the number of staff available was not always sufficient and staff were not effectively deployed.
Page 3 - Homeland Security: Successes and Challenges in DHS's Efforts to Create an Effective Acquisition Organization, GAO-05-179 (Washington, DC: Mar.
Page 3 - FEMA, which then may write and award the contract or communicate the requirements to another agency that writes and awards the contract; and then FEMA or another agency will oversee contract performance. To ensure effective execution of the contract, this approach puts a premium on clear alignment of responsibilities and good communications, but our fleldwork identified examples where unclear responsibilities and poor communications resulted in poor acquisition outcomes.
Page 4 - Corps manages the Operation Blue Roof mission for FEMA. Operation Blue Roof provides assistance to storm victims in disaster areas through the Installation of rolled plastic sheeting on damaged roofs, helping to protect properly and allowing residents to remain in their homes.

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