The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) bungled numerous facets of its effort to supply vital commodities such as food and water to Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricanes Irma and Maria in 2017, according to the Department of Homeland Security Office of the Inspector General.
The watchdog’s report spotlights serious problems spanning from the loss of shipment visibility and shipment delays to contract cost overruns and more.
“FEMA lost visibility of approximately 38 percent of its life-sustaining commodity shipments to Puerto Rico worth an estimated $257 million. Commodities successfully delivered to the Puerto Rico government took an average of 69 days to reach their final destinations,” the report declares. “Consequently, FEMA cannot provide reasonable assurance it provided sufficient life-sustaining commodities to Puerto Rico disaster survivors in a timely manner.”