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Black Like Moi reports:
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has a lot of nerve. Even though New Orleans is still struggling to regain it’s pre-Katrina glory, the agency has mailed over 83,000 debt notices to prior aid recipients demanding their money back.
The Associated Press reports that FEMA is seeking to recover more than $385 million that it claims was erroneously paid to victims of hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma. The debts average approximately $4,622 per recipient — slightly less than 5 percent of the $8 billion that FEMA distributed after the devastating storms. Congressional testimony reveals that some of the errors, ranging from clerical errors to failing to interview applicants, are due to the incompetence of FEMA employees.
Even though Congress approved legislation that allows FEMA to waive many of the debts— and President Barack Obama signed the measure into law last Friday—the agency is still determined to seek payback.