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Rebuilding After Hurricane Disasters Places Very Public Pressure on Procurement Process: After the hurricane devastation came the disasters of relief. Critics leapt all over the failures of federal procurement. How can contractors do a better job today and next time?
Learning From Katrina The unprecedented scope of Hurricane Katrina’s devastation tested the federal government’s emergency response system and its supporting procurement as never before. The contracting process did not escape the overall criticism of the federal effort. • Money for the Locals In the wake of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, the federal government needs to rebuild not just homes but also businesses in the damaged area. Fortunately, a federal statute provides a solution � if authorities would start paying attention. • The Must-Do Contract As the task of rebuilding from Hurricane Katrina begins, the federal government has invoked an unusual tool that requires American businesses to accept the government’s contracts and prioritize its projects above those of other customers � under threat of fines and prison. • Answer the Scandals As public concern festers, the focus on procurement fraud and abuse by oversight authorities has noticeably increased. But the executive branch’s actions have not been emphatic enough. • Trouble Down the Tracks While contractors can’t tell the military to treat weapons more gently, and the federal budget is set by many factors outside contractors’ control, what companies can do is practice more aggressive legal review and astute contract administration.

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