The City NYC: Former Inmates Threatened with Early Checkout from Taxpayer-Funded Hotel Rooms

The City NYC: Former Inmates Threatened with Early Checkout from Taxpayer-Funded Hotel Rooms. “The de Blasio administration is seeking reimbursement for the COVID Emergency Housing program from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which has recently moved to yank funding for disinfecting New York City trains and schools. The city has contracted with multiple social service nonprofits and the hotels until Oct. 31.”

WLNS: FEMA to stop paying for certain PPE for schools and elections agencies

WLNS: FEMA to stop paying for certain PPE for schools and elections agencies. “The interim policy, which goes into effect September 15, follows what local officials from around the country have said they were told in recent calls with FEMA: that many of the masks, respirators and sanitizing supplies that continue to be key for coronavirus prevention will only be covered for reimbursement when used specifically for emergency response. Instead, under most circumstances, the agency will regard these items as non-emergency supplies for schools and many other local institutions.”

New York Times: FEMA Sends Faulty Protective Gear to Nursing Homes Battling Virus

New York Times: FEMA Sends Faulty Protective Gear to Nursing Homes Battling Virus. “Nursing home employees across the country have been dismayed by what they’ve found when they’ve opened boxes of protective medical gear sent by the federal government, part of a $134 million effort to provide facilities a 14-day supply of equipment considered critical for shielding their vulnerable residents from the coronavirus. The shipments have included loose gloves of unknown provenance stuffed into unmarked Ziploc bags, surgical masks crafted from underwear fabric and plastic isolation gowns without openings for hands that require users to punch their fists through the closed sleeves. Adhesive tape must be used to secure them.”

Talking Points Memo: FEMA Sends Texas 14 Mobile Morgues As Coronavirus Death Counts Rise

Talking Points Memo: FEMA Sends Texas 14 Mobile Morgues As Coronavirus Death Counts Rise. “The Sunbelt states buckling under COVID-19 have started making preparations for the worst to come: They’re ordering extra morgues. The mobile, refrigerated morgue units are supplied by the Federal Emergency Management Agency or on the private market, giving hospitals and local public health departments extra capacity to store the dead.”

ProPublica: FEMA Ordered $10.2 Million in COVID-19 Testing Kits It’s Now Warning States Not to Use

ProPublica: FEMA Ordered $10.2 Million in COVID-19 Testing Kits It’s Now Warning States Not to Use. “The Federal Emergency Management Agency has warned states not to use COVID-19 testing supplies it bought under a $10.2 million contract after a ProPublica investigation last week showed the vendor was providing contaminated and unusable mini soda bottles.”

Daily Beast: FEMA Tells States to Hand Public Health Data Over to Palantir

Daily Beast: FEMA Tells States to Hand Public Health Data Over to Palantir. “Palantir, co-founded by key Trump ally Peter Thiel, signed government contracts last month worth approximately $24.8 million to provide the Department of Health and Human Services with data-management software to track health-infrastructure deficiencies and forecast where future needs will emerge, through a platform known as HHS Protect. The company’s tools integrate a staggering 187 data sets containing information on everything from hospital inventories, medical supply chains, diagnostic and geographic testing data, demographic stats and more. Those data sets do not include information from identifiable patients, according to HHS, which experts say keeps the arrangement from running afoul of privacy laws. But information on state capacity to meet COVID-19 hospitalization needs, particularly for the predictive purposes the FEMA administrator references and Palantir specializes in, is a potential goldmine for the secretive company. ”

CNN: FEMA cancels $55 million contract for N95 masks

CNN: FEMA cancels $55 million contract for N95 masks. “The Federal Emergency Management Agency canceled a $55 million unfulfilled contract with a Virginia company for an order of N95 masks that was supposed to be sent earlier this month — the latest in a string of cancellations many states and agencies have faced amid the scramble to procure personal protective equipment for front-line workers.”

WJLA: FEMA giving D.C. 6 trailers to hold bodies after surge in COVID-19 deaths

WJLA: FEMA giving D.C. 6 trailers to hold bodies after surge in COVID-19 deaths. “The D.C. Medical Examiners has trailers (pictured above) parked in front of the Forensics Lab for transporting multiple bodies. They are transporting them to six larger trailers on loan from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. D.C. has confirmed that FEMA is loaning the city six, 53-foot trailers to hold bodies because there have been so many COVID-19 deaths in the city – 277 as of today.”

San Francisco mayor says city’s PPE orders have been diverted, confiscated: It ‘blows my mind’ (The Hill)

The Hill: San Francisco mayor says city’s PPE orders have been diverted, confiscated: It ‘blows my mind’. “San Francisco Mayor London Breed (D) said Friday that her city’s orders for personal protection equipment (PPE) have been diverted to other U.S. cities and foreign countries. ‘We’ve had issues of our orders being relocated by our suppliers in China,’ she said at a press conference. ‘For example, we had isolation gowns on their way to San Francisco and they were diverted to France. We’ve had situations when things we’ve ordered that have gone through Customs were confiscated by FEMA to be diverted to other locations.'”

USA Today: Delaware medical supplier says FEMA seized 400,000 N95 masks, now he’s out millions of dollars

USA Today: Delaware medical supplier says FEMA seized 400,000 N95 masks, now he’s out millions of dollars. “As pleas for protective masks continue amid the coronavirus pandemic, a Delaware supplier of medical equipment is disputing the legality of what he said were federal seizures of hundreds of thousands of N95 respirators. George Gianforcaro, owner of the small, Newark, Delaware-based Indutex USA, said the Federal Emergency Management Agency did not pay him when it took possession of two imported shipments of masks bound for customers across the United States.”

Salon: States smuggle COVID-19 medical supplies to avoid federal seizures as House probes Jared Kushner

Salon: States smuggle COVID-19 medical supplies to avoid federal seizures as House probes Jared Kushner. “Governors have long complained that the Trump administration has left them to bid against each other on the open market for critical supplies for health workers. However, numerous officials recently claimed that the federal government had seized supplies ordered by the states. Colorado Gov. Jared Polis, a Democrat, told CNN that the state bought 500 ventilators before they were ‘swept up’ by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, a Republican, said the Trump administration ‘confiscated’ its order of 3 million masks.”

New York Times: FEMA’s ‘Air Bridge’ to Coronavirus Hot Spots Leaves Other Regions on Their Own

New York Times: FEMA’s ‘Air Bridge’ to Coronavirus Hot Spots Leaves Other Regions on Their Own. “The federal government’s program to expedite the shipping of valuable protective equipment to coronavirus hot spots has left hospitals that are out of the spotlight struggling to secure their own protective gear as they watch the outbreak creep closer.”

Politico: States still baffled over how to get coronavirus supplies from Trump

Politico: States still baffled over how to get coronavirus supplies from Trump. “The federal government’s haphazard approach to distributing its limited supplies has left states trying everything — filling out lengthy FEMA applications, calling Trump, contacting Pence, sending messages to Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law, and trade adviser Peter Navarro, who are both leading different efforts to find supplies, according to local and states officials in more than a half-dozen states. They’re even asking mutual friends to call Trump or sending him signals on TV and Twitter. Sometimes it works. Sometimes it doesn’t.”

Warren to feds: Why did you take Massachusetts’ medical supplies? (Boston Globe)

Boston Globe: Warren to feds: Why did you take Massachusetts’ medical supplies?. “Senator Elizabeth Warren is pressing federal officials for answers on why they seized at least two of Massachusetts’ recent orders for protective equipment, charging that it appears they are still interfering with states’ efforts to track down medical supplies amid the coronavirus pandemic.”