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When a judge issues an order, it’s usually up to the winning party to tell the court if its wishes are not being fulfilled. But Judge Richard Leon is taking no chances when it comes to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which he ruled failed to clearly explain why it denied 4,200 Texas-based Hurricane Katrina victims federal housing help. Since the Nov. 29 ruling, Leon has called the parties into court eight times, probing agency officials about how, when, and who will reach out to these households. He asks for updates on how many letters have been received (397 as of Jan. 4), how many phone calls bureaucrats have made (1,800), and how many they have actually reached (1,025). He’s chided them for not moving quickly, but at a Jan. 4 hearing thanked FEMA for its progress. Leon’s oversight is far from over. They’ll be back next week.
Emma Schwartz can be contacted at [email protected].

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