Hurricane Katrina: Waste, Fraud, and Abuse Worsen the Disaster, Hearing Before the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, United States Senate, One Hundred Ninth Congress, Second Session, February 13, 2006 [open pdf - 9MB]
From the opening statement of Susan Collins. "Federal assistance programs are vital to those who are the true victims of natural disasters. The critical nature of this assistance makes reports of waste, mismanagement, and outright fraud particularly disturbing. We cannot sweep such allegations under the rug. We must face them head on to preserve public support for these programs.This hearing will examine the mounting evidence of fraudulent claims, wasteful spending, and ineffective management in the disaster assistance programs triggered by Hurricane Katrina. Our witnesses will testify about criminal behavior ranging from filing false claims for individual assistance payments to bribing public officials. They will point to the lack of controls that allow precious resources to be squandered while so many true victims remain in dire need. And they will describe the unprecedented efforts of the Hurricane Katrina Fraud Task Force to deter and prosecute criminal offenses, enforcing the Administration's pledge to prosecute every case of fraud against the government and the American taxpayers." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Susan M. Collins, Joseph I. Lieberman, Daniel K. Akaka, Mark Dayton, Carl Levin, Gregory D. Kutz, John J. Ryan, Richard L. Skinner, Alice S. Fisher.
S. Hrg. 109-731; Senate Hearing 109-731
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