Six Months After Sandy, the Government Hasn't Spent Nearly as Much as It Will
Since Hurricane Sandy made landfall six months ago tonight, the government and private insurers have paid out tens of billions of dollars in an attempt to restore affected communities. Results have varied. A brief review of the government's spending after the storm indicates that where and how much support has been provided has varied as well.
Here's what we know about what has been spent to try and repair the damage from the storm.
The government has approved at least $800 million in non-FEMA contracts.
FederalTransparency.gov, a website run by the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board, tracks federal contracts related to Sandy expense, excluding FEMA payments. The site presents a portrait of spending that is not what one might expect. Its map of awarded contracts is shown below.