Fix the pumps

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

GAO report released

Updated 7/2/07. See below.

The GAO has released their report on procurement of the 34 floodgate pumps from MWI. It is available here (or here). The official title is "U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Procurement of Pumping Systems for the New Orleans Drainage Canals" and the GAO's number is GAO-07-908R.

This is not the final version of the report, but rather the briefing slides presented to Senator Landrieu's office on May 17, 2007. A so-called "blue cover" (i.e. full-blown) report will eventually be issued.

I'm reserving judgement on the GAO's work until the results of the Corps' independent review are (hopefully) made public. In his May 2, 2007 letter to Senator Vitter, now-retired Lieutenant General Strock (Corps Commander) mentioned that the independent review was due to Brigadier General Crear (head of the Mississippi Valley Division, which is one layer above the New Orleans District) by the end of May, which is this Thursday.

You can read my thoughts regarding GAO's work in my July 2nd post here.


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