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FEMA Probing $300 Million No-Bid Contract for Puerto Rico Grid

  • Montana company with two employees won job to restore power
  • Agency has ‘significant concerns’ on Whitefish contract
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What Puerto Rico's Governor Is Seeking in Washington

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The Federal Emergency Management Agency is investigating a controversial $300 million contract to rebuild Puerto Rico’s power grid, a no-bid award that has spotlighted the agency’s poor record of policing similar grants and drawn scrutiny from its watchdog.

Whitefish Energy Holdings LLC, a Montana-based company that had just two full-time employees prior to beginning its work in Puerto Rico, was selected last week by the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority to lead the rebuilding of Puerto Rico’s hurricane-ravaged electrical grid with the expectation that the money would come from FEMA.