Governor Blanco took matters into her own hands today, as signed a contract with “Kenyon International Emergency Services after the company threatened to pull out of the state for lack of a formal contract with anyone.”
In what appears to be more of the who’s supposed to be doing what – blame game (so named by Spin Control Central), FEMA spokesman David Passey “said FEMA had expected Louisiana from the beginning to take the lead in the collection of bodies and FEMA was satisfied that the state had signed a contract with the company.”
But, “Blanco said FEMA’s failure to sign a contract with Kenyon had slowed the entire recovery process. She spoke ahead of a meeting with a group of the state’s elected officials, including the secretary of state and attorney general.”
“The failure to execute a contract for recovery of our citizens has slowed the recovery operations,” she said. “We are at the epicenter of a natural disaster of global proportions.”
Kenyon said on September 7 it had been hired by FEMA for recovery services. Passey told reporters after a regular FEMA briefing that the two sides had only a verbal agreement and that Kenyon had rejected a written contract offer.
It seems to me that Governor Blanco has good cause to be upset over this. Once again, FEMA appears to have dropped the ball and acted negligently in overseeing the recovery of the dead.
The ludicrous lobbying of who’s to blame has overshadowed every aspect of getting the job done, in the aftermath of Katrina. Bush’s so ordered investigation of himself will garner few answers for the American public.