A million bottles of water abandoned at an airstrip and never delivered to the survivors of a deadly hurricane…
150,000 taxpayer dollars blown on personal travel expenses…
Staff thrust into positions for which they haven’t been trained…
Personal aide dispatched to pick up Administrator’s children from school…
These are just a few of the examples of corruption and abuse taking place at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) – an agency within the Department of Homeland Security.
Here are 5 shocking examples of Deep State corruption within the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA):
- Poor responses to disasters due to untrained, unqualified staff.
Although FEMA distributed more than 35 million meals in Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria in 2017, the agency admitted it failed to prepare adequately for the storm … and took too long to offer assistance.
A study by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) revealed that during the height of the 2017 hurricane season, 54% of FEMA’s staff were serving in capacities for which they weren’t fully qualified.
Bureaucracy is always inefficient and slow in comparison to the private sector.
- Mishandling of taxpayer funds.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Inspector General found that the FEMA Administrator spent $150,000 of taxpayer funds on personal travel expenses.
Among those unlawful expenses were:
- Hiring a chauffeur to drive him from Washington, D.C. to his home in North Carolina for weekends – a 6-hour trip
- Using an aide to pick up his children from their school during business hours
- Bureaucratic inefficiency.
In another DHS Inspector General report, FEMA’s bureaucratic inefficiency and “lack of process” in tracking insurance reimbursements was cited as the probable cause of “billions of taxpayer funds” wasted…
In 2015, the agency spent more than $450 million – about 30% of it’s budget on “questionable costs” such as:
- Duplicate payments
- Unsupported costs
- Improper contract costs
- Unauthorized expenditures
- Bureaucratic overreach.
Bureaucracies always strive to:
- Expand their power
- Get more taxpayer funding
- Protect themselves from transparency or accountability
- Fight downsizing or competition
But with all its failures, FEMA wants more and more…
The solution to FEMA’s ineffectiveness and slow reaction to emergencies isn’t more personnel and a larger budget. It’s a narrower focus with a smaller number of employees and less bureaucratic red tape:
- It’s focusing on training employees to handle high-level emergency response roles
- It’s keeping better track of relief dollars
- It’s off-loading tasks that are better handled by local agencies
- It’s partnering with private businesses, churches and humanitarian aid organizations
Whenever a disaster strikes anywhere in the world, churches, private foundations and other charitable “tithe agencies” always play a major role in providing humanitarian assistance and disaster relief.
Samaritan’s Purse – an international, nondenominational, evangelical Christian humanitarian aid organization – is just one example.
Immediately after Hurricane Maria struck, more than 300 Puerto Rican churches partnered with Samaritan’s Purse to provide crucial help to the hardest-hit neighborhoods and surrounding communities.
In contrast, FEMA is never going to be able to react as quickly to changing on-the-ground circumstances as private operators and groups with established ties to affected communities.
- Even though the FEMA Administrator is appointed by the president, many FEMA employees are actively working against him.
About 1/3 of the FEMA bureaucracy is fighting against President Trump – trying to embarrass him and sabotage his policies … and using your tax dollars to implement their own socialist political agenda.
For example, after Hurricane Harvey in 2017, FEMA denied funding to churches and religious organizations to repair the damage caused by the hurricane
In chapters 3 and 4 of my book, The Deep State:15 Surprising Dangers You Should Know, I talk about:
- The politicization of FEMA and its blatant discrimination against churches and other Christian groups (pp. 33-35)
- The inefficiency and incompetence of the bloated bureaucracy (pp. 45-60)
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