Disaster Recovery: Federal Contracting in the Aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita
GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE WASHINGTON DC WASHINGTON DC United States
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I am pleased to be here to discuss small business participation in Gulf Coast rebuilding after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Federal agencies directly awarded 20.5 billion in contracts nationwide between fiscal years 2005 and 2011 for recovery efforts related to these hurricanes. These contracts are subject to federal procurement regulations and, in most cases, are generally subject to certain goals to increase participation by small businesses. My statement today is based on a report we issued in July 2010, which discussed the extent to which Gulf Coast small businesses received federal contract funds for recovery efforts, with data on contract funds updated through fiscal year 2011 where possible. More specifically, I will discuss 1 the amounts that small businesses nationwide and small businesses in four Gulf Coast states received directly from federal agencies through contracts for relief and recovery efforts related to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita and 2 the extent to which four agenciesthe U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Corps, Department of Homeland Security DHS, Department of Defense DOD excluding the Corps, and General Services Administration GSAmonitored subcontracting accomplishment information as required for selected contracts.