Puerto Rico: 156 million for a a few thousand meals

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  1. Swamp Donkey

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    http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/f...oman-firm-which-delivered-50k/article/2648236

    The Federal Emergency Management Agency awarded a $156 million contract to a one-woman business that was tasked with sending 30 million emergency meals to victims of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.

    FEMA granted the contract to Tribute Contracting LLC, owned by Atlanta entrepreneur Tiffany Brown, on Oct. 3. But the contract was terminated by FEMA 20 days later after the company delivered just 50,000 meals—a fraction of what it was supposed to provide, according to documents obtained by Democrats on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

    Now, two Democrats on the panel are now asking House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy to subpoena FEMA for documents related to the agency’s failure to deliver emergency meals to Puerto Rico.

    Who runs this multimillion dollar one person company? Anyone know how "Doctor" Brown got this contract? Care to guess?

    http://www.tiffanycbrown.com/about-me/

    "Doctor" Tiffany Brown.... who has degree from an online mailorder degree program.

    Yeah... and she is mostly a clothing designer.

    Lulz. Can't wait to we see to whom she sent campaign contributions.

    I'm just glad Drumpf is president so we aren't racists for criticizing this.
     
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    • itsgr82bag8r

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      This is simply testimony to the pure idiocy of everything in DC.

      WTF is wrong with sending a container ship filled with MRE's? It was good enough for my family after Ivan, it's good enough for them.
       
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        They are out. Military cutbacks and sequesters and 16 years of war.
         
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          This is why Haliburton gets contracts and NOT Tiffany Brown. That's not to say there isn't waste but you usually want someone capable of delivering what's been contracted.
           
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            FYI, I’ve been to PR 3 times in the last 2 months. Life in most all of the area surrounding San Juan isn’t too bad. Most all shops, eating establishments, hotels, etc. are up & running as before. The rural areas are the places where life is slow to improve. Of course having a hopelessly corrupt way of doing business, with every damned person on the take, is slowing thing down. The local power company was caught with literally a huge warehouse filled with repair materials just stacked to the roof after the company had responded to critics as to why it was taking so long to restore power to the Island. Turns out the bad management plus corruption at every level was the problem. Food is plentiful & ship after container ship is offloading hundreds of metric tons more each day.

            Don’t believe most of what you’re reading or hearing about the lack of US support. Hell, FEMA even has so many people on the ground there they had to charter an old Italian ferry to house them all.
             
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              I don't believe it. I had friends who spent weeks stuck in harbor because the PR truck drivers were on strike.

              But it's more corruption. We need to change the system that awards silly contracts like these based on diversity rather than ability to perform.
               
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                The lack of reliable distribution is still a serious problem to this day. The commercial piers are filled with union “workers” (stevedores) but the work is mostly offloading to the dock & into an ever-growing pile waiting for distribution. There are literally dozens of filled fuel trucks, gas & diesel, just rowed up, side by side, in the port waiting for someone to drive them out into the island interior. Been parked there for weeks, collecting dust along with hundreds of containers filled with other supplies.....waiting to be used.
                 
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                Over 80% of the island is back up and running, according to the Olympic reports.
                 
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                Wrong. Yes, quote me.
                 
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                Might be have no clue personally... that is what they stated when Puerto Rico came out for the parade of nations, that over 80% was up and running again.
                 
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                I get the effort to publicly make it sound good, because the Island depends on tourists. However, once you get outside old SanJuan & past Santurce the world quickly changes to life with no power, safe tap water and cell/landline/internet reliability. There’s no quick way to restore all that quickly in large part due to the topography & labor force motivation. Last week a guy I work with who lives there just got his power back & he lives just 15 minutes outside San Juan. He said beyond him they’re being told it’ll be 6-10 months before they’re expected to be back on the grid.
                 
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                One good thing happening is the communication gear is being placed underground as much as topography will allow. This should harden them the next time a storm comes. All that work, in mostly mountainous regions, takes a long time though.
                 
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                This just in... :snicker:

                http://www.foxnews.com/politics/201...r-reportedly-facing-fbi-corruption-probe.html

                "The mayor of Puerto Rico who shot to international fame after criticizing President Trump for not doing enough to help Hurricane Maria victims is being investigated by the FBI on corruption charges, according to multiple news outlets.

                San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz and her administration are under fire for allegedly obstructing critical supplies from reaching victims of the category-4 hurricane that leveled much of the tiny U.S. territory nearly nine months ago.

                The FBI reportedly launched the investigation following a February lawsuit filed by Yadira Molina, the former director of procurement. Molina claims she was retaliated against for reporting “alleged irregular acts” to the local comptroller.

                “On February 21, Molina sued the city council after reporting alleged acts of corruption in the shopping division in the town hall under the administration of Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz Soto,” according to El Vocero de Puerto Rico.

                “She comes out, goes on television and pats herself on the back."

                - Simon Menendez, small business owner in San Juan
                The report says Molina claims she was punished for reporting on the allegedly rigged system and that she was blocked from her right “to report wrongdoing in her capacity as a private citizen, not as a public employee.”

                Shortly after Cruz became mayor, Molina claims a supply company was granted “preferred supplier” status which paid them more than three times what regular suppliers made. She also alleges that other city officials engaged in a corrupt scheme to steer business the preferred supplier’s way.

                Concerns about Cruz are not new. There has been a growing backlash from frustrated residents who say they feel forgotten and say the mayor’s personal political ambitions are coming at the expense of the very people she’s supposed to be representing.

                For example, at a time when residents needed food, water and shelter, Cruz hired extra photographers to follow her around post-storm."
                 
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                  But wait, I thought the FBI was anti Trump, so how can they be investigating someone who is also anti Trump??? Curiouser and curiouser.
                   
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                    Those that have been fired and some remaining at the top ARE anti Trump. If you can't see that, your blind.
                     
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                    Even Trump doesn't say the FBI is anti-Trump. Weak sauce.
                     
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                      I recall stories early on where we literally had a huge ship of supplies at port in PR. It just sat there while this corrupt ***** pretended like it wasn't even there.
                       
                    • itsgr82bag8r

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                      Gee, what a complete surprise........

                      ...if only this corruption problem with surplus supplies had been known about earlier....

                      ...oh, wait....
                       
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                        small island with a corrupt small government... should we really be shocked?
                         
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                        nope - par for the course
                         

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