The Daily Muck | Talking Points Memo

A scandal may be brewing at the Federal Emergency Management Agency, as a debate grows over whether the agency was correct to deny 650,000 applications for housing after Hurricane Ike. FEMA claims that 90 percent of claimants don’t understand the organization’s mission and the limited scope of the help it can provide. Critics allege that FEMA inspectors are unqualified, poorly trained, and motivated by a flat payment for each inspection they make, giving them an incentive to work quickly. Inspectors are responsible for surveying damage to houses caused by Ike; quick inspections are sometimes unable to properly assess damages. (Associated Press)

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