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Minority Firms getting fewer contracts to help rebuild New Orleans.

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posted on Oct, 4 2005 @ 06:55 PM

WASHINGTON - Minority-owned businesses say they're paying the price for the decision by Congress and the Bush administration to waive certain rules for Hurricane Katrina recovery contracts.

About 1.5 percent of the $1.6 billion awarded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency has gone to minority businesses, less than a third of the 5 percent normally required.

On Tuesday, Sen. Olympia J. Snowe (news, bio, voting record), R-Maine, and Rep. Donald A. Manzullo (news, bio, voting record), R-Ill., asked the Government Accountability Office to investigate whether small and minority-owned businesses have been given a fair opportunity to compete for Katrina contracts.

Andrew Jenkins doesn't think so.

Once Katrina's destructive waters receded, he began making calls in hopes of a winning a government contract for his Mississippi construction company.

Jenkins, who is black, says he watched in frustration as the contracts went to others, many of them larger, white-owned companies with political ties to Washington.

the rest of the article says about bigger firms can do faster to help rebuild NO, and this prevents the small minority firms from getting their foot in the door to catchup on competition. no doubt ties to Washington helped those big firms that donate money to Congress and the Adminstration helped get their hands on the dough.

posted on Oct, 5 2005 @ 12:30 AM
The key word in the report here is MINORITY, and to some people in this country, being one of "them", you don't count. Just because this man's construction business is owned by a black man, it means that his business won't recieve a contract because of the comapnies that are run by a white man.

And our so-called President loves being around the black man and cares for him also???

posted on Oct, 5 2005 @ 06:30 AM
It's not about race.

More than likely these minority "Firms" are local ones, and not capable of the tasks at hand, and likely victims themselves.

Ignorance Denied.

[edit on 5-10-2005 by crisko]

posted on Oct, 5 2005 @ 06:41 AM
I suggest you read the Following Article:

Big, Easy Iraqi-Style Contracts Flood New Orleans

As Katrina's flood waters recede, government contractors are flowing into the Gulf Coast and reaping billions of dollars in pre-bid, limited bid, and sometimes no-bid contracts. Many of these contractors and the men who award them are the same players who bungled the reconstruction of Iraq. Deja vu all over again.

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