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FEMA Contractor Fails to Deliver 29,950,000 Meals to
Puerto Rico – Still Seeks $70 Million Payment
I have a little experience (on a much smaller scale) with government contracting. It’s a mess!
It really doesn’t surprise me at all that FEMA contractors are failing to live up to their end of the
bargain, but that’s not really what I’m looking at here.
This entire story just exposes another weakness inherent to FEMA and other government
agencies. They’re totally reliant upon contractors to complete their mission.
If there is any kind of large-scale catastrophe in the United States, it will affect the contractors
as well as you and me. If they can’t do their job when they’re at 100% do you think they’ll be
able to do it when they’re struggling to recover their own homes and protect their own families?
The answer is no.
This isn’t news to most of us but hopefully, it opens someone’s eyes who is on the fence or
new to prepping.
A contractor facing acrid backlash over a
scathing report detailing the delivery of just
50,000 of a promised 30 million self-heating
meals to desperate Puerto Ricans recovering
from Hurricane Maria has now come
forward to defend her actions.
One look at the contractual obligation
versus what actually made it to hungry,
struggling Puerto Ricans, however, speaks
far more to a lack of business acumen — or
even gross incompetence — rather than defeating circumstances beyond Brown’s control.
In fact, as the New York Times disclosed, Brown and Tribute Contracting LLC had no prior
experience managing large-scale disasters — a mitigating detail apparently insufficient to cause
the Federal Emergency Management Agency to question whether or not the business could handle
the colossal task of delivering millions of meals rapidly to Maria victims — landing the $156
million contract for 30 million ready-to-eat meals at $5.10 each, to be delivered by October 23, in
spite of that and other conspicuous matters.
According to the Times, Brown, who indeed had experience navigating labyrinthian government
bureaucracy, approached an Atlanta wedding caterer with an eleven-member staff to “freeze-dry
wild mushrooms and rice, chicken and rice, and vegetable soup. She found a nonprofit in Texas
that had shipped food aid overseas and domestically, including to a Houston food bank after
“By the time 18.5 million meals were due, Tribute had delivered only 50,000. And FEMA
inspectors discovered a problem: The food had been packaged separately from the pouches used
to heat them. FEMA’s solicitation required ‘self-heating meals.’”
Stunned FEMA official in charge of contracting, Carolyn Ward, penned an email to Brown dated
October 19 — which she shared with the Times — admonishing in no uncertain terms,
“Do not ship another meal. Your contract is terminated. This is a logistical nightmare.”
Source: FEMA Contractor Seeks $70 Million After Failing to Deliver 29,950,000 Hot Meals to
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