Tuesday, September 05, 2006

The Shreveport Times-Cut the checks to nonprofits

The Shreveport Times: "Cut the checks to nonprofits
September 5, 2006

Katrina was a calamity of such magnitude that FEMA bent one of its long-held rules '' allowing nonprofit organizations to apply for reimbursements for money spent to care for evacuees. About 40 churches and other organizations in the Shreveport-Bossier took the organization up on this offer, filing applications through the Office of Emergency.

A year later, most of them are waiting to be reimbursed.

The reason for the delay: fears of corruption and malfeasance, leading to miles of red tape. Though good stewardship of public tax dollars is a crucial priority, so is distributing these funds in a timely manner."