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Whitefish No bid contract for working in Puerto Rico.

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Whitefish No bid contract for working in Puerto Rico.
« on: October 28, 2017, 12:43:24 AM »
I'm surprised on one's talked about this yet here.  But, seems kind of like a Halliburton type of deal.  The Doc in the document cloud seems to have been deleted.  But, they screenshot the essentials.

Ah here it goes what the contract originally stated.  https://twitter.com/kenklippenstein/status/923730831637610496

"$300m in taxpayer money includes... -Chinook helicopte airlift: $20,277 -S61 helicopter airlift: $15,993 -Passenger helicopter: $3,969

$332.41 per person for accommodations *each day* $79.82 per person for food *each day*
Whitefish contract states, "In no event shall [government bodies] have the right to audit or review the cost and profit elements." Wow.
Incredible: Whitefish contract states Puerto Rican govt "waives any claim against Contractor related to delayed completion of work."

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Essentially, the silence and not to question the company on what they do to get he power back on or how they spend their money and they can't be audited. 
http://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/357486-fema-has-significant-concerns-with-puerto-ricos-300m-power


Here's some of the stuff I saw earlier. It's definitely a nice way to get paid.
https://twitter.com/CBSEveningNews/status/923316883977326592
"@WhitefishEnergy relies on subcontractors. Their rates are also raising questions: $462 per hour for a supervisor, $319 for a lineman."



https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-10-26/no-bid-puerto-rico-contract-spotlights-troubled-fema-grants?cmpId=wsdemand


The Federal Emergency Management Agency is investigating a controversial $300 million contract to rebuild Puerto Rico’s power grid, a no-bid award that has spotlighted the agency’s poor record of policing similar grants and drawn scrutiny from its watchdog.

Whitefish Energy Holdings LLC, a Montana-based company that had just two full-time employees prior to beginning its work in Puerto Rico, was selected last week by the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority to lead the rebuilding of Puerto Rico’s hurricane-ravaged electrical grid with the expectation that the money would come from FEMA.

“FEMA has significant concerns with how PREPA procured this contract and has not confirmed whether the contract prices are reasonable,” FEMA said in a statement Friday, noting that it hasn’t reimbursed Puerto Rico yet for the contract and that it can withhold payments procurement procedures aren’t followed.

Meanwhile, the office of inspector general of FEMA’s parent agency, the Department of Homeland Security, says it is investigating the contract.

“We plan to cooperate with any and all information requests,” Whitefish said in a statement released Friday. “We are very proud of the work we are doing to restore power to the people of Puerto Rico under very difficult circumstances, and we respectfully ask that others await the facts before jumping to misinformed conclusions.”

The inspector general’s office has repeatedly criticized FEMA for lax oversight of grants. The office frequently recommends that FEMA withhold or claw back payments that didn’t follow federal regulations, Bloomberg News reported Thursday.

Earlier: San Juan Mayor Wants $300m No-Bid Power Repair Contract Voided

In June, Inspector General John Roth sent a letter to the chairman of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, Ron Johnson of Wisconsin. That letter, which hasn’t previously been reported, warned of FEMA’s “continued failure to manage disaster relief funds adequately."

Almost one-third of the grants reviewed by Roth’s office were improper, unauthorized or otherwise problematic, indicating “the potential for a much larger problem" with the $10 billion in such assistance that FEMA typically awards each year, Roth wrote.

Johnson’s office didn’t respond to requests for comment.

More in the link.


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Re: Whitefish No bid contract for working in Puerto Rico.
« Reply #1 on: October 28, 2017, 10:18:13 AM »
The whole thing is so blatantly shady as fuck.

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Re: Whitefish No bid contract for working in Puerto Rico.
« Reply #2 on: October 28, 2017, 03:01:36 PM »
Kinda sounds like when Obama gave Monsanto immunity from prosecution. 

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Re: Whitefish No bid contract for working in Puerto Rico.
« Reply #3 on: October 28, 2017, 03:57:36 PM »
Not really. Monsanto Protection Act protected farmers during the time anyone challenged the environmental safety of certain crops so they can't be forced to destroy the crops. All Crops still needed USDA approval before being used and Monsanto and the farms could still be sued if proof was brought forward the crops were harming the environment. This contract basically just gives the company all the tools to just pocket the money.


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Re: Whitefish No bid contract for working in Puerto Rico.
« Reply #5 on: October 28, 2017, 10:10:45 PM »
https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/10/27/white-house-places-all-blame-astonishingly-corrupt-whitefish-contract-puerto-rico

🙄🙄🙄. Fu fuck sake.  This admin wil claim nothing unless it's a positive outlook.  Looking forward to this investigation.
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Re: Whitefish No bid contract for working in Puerto Rico.
« Reply #6 on: October 30, 2017, 04:10:45 AM »
Looks like Puerto Rico is trying to get out of that deal