*NEWS*FEMA PAID RETAIL FOR INK CARTRIDGES

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*NEWS*FEMA PAID RETAIL FOR INK CARTRIDGES

 user 2005-10-18 at 11:49:00 am Views: 74
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    FEMA paid retail for most supplies
    WASHINGTON,
    DC, United States  — U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency records
    show the agency, along with four other agencies, has paid retail for
    many Hurricane Katrina expenses.
    It used to take the U.S. government
    weeks using its voucher system to make an order for goods and have the
    paper work processed, but the new system of using government credit
    cards allows government workers simply to charge items.
    The credit
    card limit was $2,500, but following the devastation of Hurricane
    Katrina the limit was raised to $250,000 per credit card.
    Danielle
    Brian, executive director of the Project on Government Oversight,
    questioned whether federal agencies needed to pay full retail price
    rather than seek discounts from manufacturers.
    ‘I do understand that time is of the essence, but you can still buy very quickly without going to Best Buy,’ she said.
    So
    far, some $19 million has been spent via government credit cards for
    huge quantities of everything from ink cartridges and Gatorade to
    $3,125 laptop computers