The Federal Emergency Management Agency failed to track disaster disbursements for at least six years, putting billions of dollars of taxpayer money at risk of fraud, waste and abuse.
“The conventional wisdom that Texans hit by Hurricane Harvey have recovered is wrong,” said Drew Altman, president and CEO of the Kaiser Family Foundation.
Officials say that the blame falls on government agencies at all levels for not doling out aid fast enough.
A FEMA official accused chef José Andrés of self-promotion after he criticized the government agency's response to Hurricane Maria.
The report notes human activity is causing climate change.
In hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico, American citizens are growing ill and bacteria outbreaks are spiking as people use dirty water contaminated by urine and hazardous waste for drinking and bathing.
FEMA posted a help wanted ad on Monday for job applicants after several natural disasters left portions of the country devastated and without basic supplies, and the federal government struggles to respond.
Governor Ricardo Rossello on Monday also ordered an investigation of drinking water distribution.
A deputy has been filling in as director since Rick Knabb left in May.
FEMA's response to Hurricane Harvey will play out over days, weeks and even years. But when the next storm hits, will they have the money they need?
If the Heritage Foundation gets its way, state and local governments would be on the hook for the majority of funding after hurricanes, tornadoes, mass flooding, etc.