Thanks for posting … good find.
The link is interesting …
So far, I only got to the first paragraph … because … [excerpt}
**“As of September 30, 2011, USAID and State had allocated almost $412 million for infrastructure construction activities, obligated approximately $48.4 million (11.8 percent), and expended approximately $3.1 million (0.8 percent).”
In other words, the U.S. Government [correction: the State Dept and USAID] has a checking account with almost half a billion dollars in it and after two years has spent exactly $3 million.
FEMA has a far better record than that.
This is a crime.
They have the money but are unable or unwilling or too incompetent to spend it.
All you do is pick up the phone book for Miami and call up companies that sell water purification equipment and tell them to get some stuff and hand deliver it to Haiti. This is not some new “procedure”. You pick up the phone.
"USAID, lacking a process for expediting the movement of staff to post-disaster situations, had difficulty replacing them and recruiting additional staff. "
In other words, there is massive unemployment in the United States, but the State Dept / USAID was unable to put a help-wanted advert in the newspaper or in Engineering-News Record or in Contract Engineering Weekly.
In fact, FEMA has, in-place, a phone tree. When a disaster strikes in the United States, people are already under contract to immediately travel to the site and get the work started. When the World Trade Center was bombed in 1993 and blown up in 2001, work started immediately. In the course of three months, hundreds of millions of dollars were spent and a stupendous amount of work was gotten done. And 7WTC and the Pentagon were completely rebuilt in a year.
I had bureaucrats complain to me that the WTC work was done with NO PAPERWORK … When contractors submitted their invoices, they were paid on the spot. Auditors took YEARS to reconstruct the papertrail, but no corruption was found back then. However, the auditors told me, with some anger, that if they had had THEIR, there would have been NO WORK done until ALL of the paperwork had been done first.
And that is how our State Dept is functioning.
"As of October 2011, USAID had drafted eight Activity Approval Documents (AADs) that include planned activities, costs, risks, and assumptions. AADs for the education, energy, food security, governance and rule of law, health, and shelter sectors have been approved. The AAD process has been more comprehensive and involved than is typical for such efforts, according to USAID officials. "
Translation: The State Dept and USAID have spent TWO YEARS doing paper work on a normal schedule business-as-usual basis.
This is what got the United States into trouble in Iraq … there was no budget for police training and the State Dept [Ambassador Paul Bremer] fired the entire Iraqi Army, which then sat around, and since they plenty of guns and ammo began shooting at the United States. We could have just paid them to direct traffic or do security details on the museums.