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(CNN) -- Federal officials vastly overestimated the value of hurricane relief supplies given away earlier this year, the Federal Emergency Management Agency reported Monday.
The General Services Administration, which manages federal property, over-counted cases of toilet paper, plastic sporks and other cutlery, by mistakenly counting a single item as being worth as much as multiple items contained in a package of goods.
The original GSA estimate of $85 million should have been $18.5 million, according to figures released by GSA and FEMA.
The household goods were supposed to go to people whose homes were destroyed by hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005. But the items were stored in warehouses in Louisiana, and then Fort Worth, Texas. A recent CNN investigative story exposed that those materials never made it to storm victims.
GSA officials were asked recently to reassess the total cost of donated items in what the agency called a routine audit.
Originally posted by HighwayDrifter
slim and none says those funds get re-allocated correctly...this is nothing new though, the US gov't has been playing with their COG for years