Emergency Transportation Services Contract: Lessons Learned from the 2005 Gulf Coast Hurricanes [open pdf - 87KB]
"This report presents the results of our review of Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) actions in modifying the Department of Transportation's (DOT) emergency transportation services contract for Hurricane Katrina, and, more broadly, contracting issues dealing also with Hurricanes Rita and Wilma. Designing and administering contracts for emergency transportation services is particularly difficult because it compels acquisition officials to anticipate requirements based upon the consequences of natural and man-made disasters. Even with the best of planning, disasters can cause unprecedented challenges and unforeseen events to which officials must respond. In the immediate aftermath of disasters, it is often impossible-in the midst of the devastation-to determine the full extent and intensity of the damage in order to initiate remedial action. Although it is critical that officials act immediately in response to a disaster, they must still do all they can to ensure that contracts are properly administered and that prices for emergency services are reasonable. Reasonable prices are vital to stimulating efficient contractor performance while providing appropriate rewards for the risks that they assume."
Report No. FI-2007-030
U.S. Department of Transportation, Office of the Inspector General: http://www.oig.dot.gov/