CONTRACTOR EMPLOYED TO REBUILD NJ AFTER SANDY RECEIVED COMPLAINTS FOR ITS WORK REMEDIATING THE DAMAGE FROM KATRINA

New Jersey has employed a contractor that faced scrutiny over its work on the Hurricane Katrina recovery to help run programs for homeowners rebuilding from Sandy.
The company is ICF International, a Fairfax, Va., consulting and technology firm.  It was hired to work with New Jersey to take over much of the work that had been performed by Hammerman & Gainer Inc., the company dismissed by the state after homeowners complained about botched grant applications and miscommunication.
ICF was already doing some Sandy-related work in New Jersey, but its responsibilities include helping the state operate nine recovery centers, along with important grant programs for homeowners and landlords.
Apparently the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs did not engage in a competitive bidding process for a contract, which may be worth up to $36 million for ICF.  Instead, the agency added the task to ICF’s current contract.