WASHINGTON -- An
amendment inserted into a 2006-2007 Coast Guard Appropriations bill
before the Senate (S. 1280) would require the Dept. of Homeland
Securitys inspector general to review the Hurricane Katrina
cruise-ship charter contracts.
According to the
bill, which is wending its way through the approval process, the
inspector general would verify the contract price was appropriate
and reasonable and based on current, accurate and complete cost and
McConnell (R-Ky.) submitted the amendment Oct. 27 on behalf of Sen.
Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii).
The inspector general would
have nine months to review and report back to House and Senate
committees with findings and recommendations, including possible
legislative or regulatory changes or improvements to the
contracting process immediately following a disaster.
Carnivals vice president of corporate communications, said the line
was confident the charter arrangement would stand up to any
The U.S. government
already has the right to audit the charters, he said. The contract
between Carnival and the Military Sealift Command (MSC) is a
standard U.S. government contract used by MSC, which gives the
Comptroller General the right to audit the vessel
reporter Rebecca Tobin, send e-mail to [email protected].