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FEMA Gave Away Supplies Meant for Katrina Victims

CNN reports that FEMA gave away $85 million in household goods were intended for people left homeless by Hurricane Katrina. I was amazed to see how much it cost to keep the stuff around:

James McIntyre, FEMA's acting press secretary, told CNN that FEMA was spending more than $1 million a year to store the material and that another agency wanted the warehouses torn down, so "we needed to vacate them."

"Upon review of our assets and our need to continue to store them, we determined that they were excess to FEMA's needs; therefore, they are being excessed from FEMA's inventory," McIntyre wrote in an e-mail.

And then, of course, there's the whole idea of something being "excessed." A charity group in New Orleans says it has been pleading with FEMA for the same supplies it turned loose.

Full read: FEMA gives away $85 million of supplies for Katrina victims.