Roger L. Simon

The Lessons of Oil-for-Food in Hurricane Land

According to the AP, it sounds as if someone is getting smart:

A team of investigators is being sent to the Hurricane Katrina-ravished Gulf Coast to follow the money – namely, billions of dollars in relief aid the federal government is pouring into the region without normal contracting safeguards.

The 30 Homeland Security Department investigators and auditors are part of what officials call an unprecedented effort to ensure federal funds are properly distributed in a rescue, relief and rebuilding process expected to exceed $100 billion.

The team is being dispatched as critics call the spending deluge a disaster in waiting if not properly controlled.

Let’s hope 30 investigators will be enough. We all wants those billions spent for the betterment of the region and the people, not lining the pockets of modern day carpet baggers.