The Players Behind the Companies Commissioned for Puerto Rico’s Recovery
The 20 companies that have received most of the money in federal government contracting for recovery work in Puerto Rico after Hurricane María, include firms whose staff lacks the expertise to do the commissioned work, companies involved in the island’s fiscal crisis, and others with formal accusations for inefficiencies and breach of contracts. Some of those companies are partners or are associated with others having the same owner or have established joint ventures or consortiums for projects to be carried out post-María. Out of 944 companies, 18 are based in the United States and two in Puerto Rico, Xperts and Ranger America. Those are the 20 firms that have landed the highest federal contracts, according to the official information included in the “Hurricane María Contracts” document posted on the Federal Procurement Data System (FPDS) page. The federal agencies that lead as contractors are the U.S. Army, through the U.S. Corps of Engineers, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.