Katrina, Still Fucked Up

From Holden:

Incompetence runs deep in the Bush Assministration.

In nearly three hours of questioning by the House committee investigating the government’s sluggish response to one of the worst natural disasters in the nation’s history, top procurement officials with the Department of Homeland Security, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers repeatedly said they would need to do more research into exactly how government money is being spent.

Lawmakers made it clear they didn’t like that answer.

Rep. Sue Myrick (R-N.C.) peppered officials with questions about news reports that the government was paying a contractor more than $2,500 for two hours of work installing a tarp on a damaged roof. “Doesn’t it just ring a bell with someone that this is an excessive amount of money?” she asked. “Yeah, it’s hard work. But it’s not $2,500 hard.”

The Army Corps of Engineers’ top procurement official, Col. Norbert Doyle, said he would look into the figure and get back to her. That prompted Rep. Harold Rogers (R-Ky.) to sputter: “You’re in charge, aren’t you? And you don’t know the answer to a question like that?”