FEMA Contractors Ordered to Suspend Projects
Hundreds of Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) contractors working on disaster-preparedness projects were ordered to stop work on December 26 because of the government shutdown.
FEMA spokesperson Elizabeth Litzow said no current disaster projects were put on hold because of the partial shutdown, meaning recovery efforts in Florida, Texas and Puerto Rico should continue. She said no new disaster-declaration requests were being processed unless “the safety of life or protection or property” is compromised.
Among the hundreds of contractors ordered to halt work, many are reported to be responsible for preparing for future disasters. W. Craig Fugate, a former FEMA administrator, said suspending those contracts could limit the agency’s ability to respond quickly to a disaster.