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$300 million no-bid contract awarded to connected firm with 2 employees

$300 million no-bid contract awarded to connected firm with 2 employees”

In defense of the contract with Whitefish, Puerto Rico officials have said the company was willing to work without a down payment, which made it more attractive to the debt-ridden island.

Previously Congressional Democrats began asking the inspector general at the Department of Homeland Security to investigate the contract.

The 42-page document features some very questionable clauses, forcing FEMA to speak about its unease with the terms. "FEMA is presently engaged with PREPA and its legal counsel to obtain information about the contract and contract and contracting process, including how the contract was procured and how PREPA determined the contract prices were reasonable".

More than a month after Hurricane Maria hammered Puerto Rico, 70 percent of residents remain without power.

The controversy over the no-bid contract set off a Twitter feud between the mayor of San Juan, Carmen Yulin Cruz, and the company.

Yesterday, he asked the DHS inspector general to complete a review of the Whitefish Contract by next week to answer questions, though he noted in his letter that the contract appeared to comply with FEMA regulations.

"The first I heard of the Whitefish Energy contract was through the news".

Zinke knows Whitefish CEO Andy Techmanski "because they both live in a small town where everyone knows everyone", a spokeswoman said.

Eight Democrats also called for an investigation in a letter that questioned Zinke's involvement and pointed to the company's inexperience, given it was formed just two years ago. Each worker also gets a daily allowance of $80 for food, $332 for a hotel room and $1,000 for each flight to or from the mainland. The decision to work together only days after the hurricane hit the island has allowed the PREPA and Whitefish teams to mobilize quickly to make positive impacts.

This contract "raises every red flag in the book", Senator Claire McCaskill, the top Democrat on the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee, said.

The growing questions about Whitefish Energy's contract have also attracted the interest of Congress.

To recap: the Trump administration handed a $300 million contract for humanitarian assistance to a small company funded by a Trump donor, and stipulated that the government has absolutely no right to audit or review the costs included in this contract, which are paid for by you and I. This is the definition of kleptocracy, and we should all be enraged. Colonnetta and his wife gave $28,200 to President Trump. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., told ABC News.

The Trump administration denied Friday that political connections had anything to do with restoring electrical connections in Puerto Rico. Lisa Murkowski. "Are they capable of doing the job that they're being asked?"

"With most of Puerto Rico still without power, and far too many lacking drinking water and proper sewage treatment, the administration patting itself on the back couldn't be more premature or inappropriate", Schumer said.

It was not immediately clear whether Zamot would have the authority to void Whitefish's contract, although under the contract the utility can suspend or terminate the contract "for any or no reason" after providing written notice to Whitefish and compensating the company for actual expenses.

"We can't be responsible for what the others might do", the spokesperson said when asked about the line in the contract that said government agencies may not audit or review cost and profit elements.



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