Partnership for Response and Recovery
Partnership for Response and Recovery (PaRR Inspections) of Fairfax, Virginia, a Dewberry-URS Group, Inc. and SSI joint venture that "provides post-disaster housing inspection services," was "awarded FEMA's disaster housing inspections contract" in 2001. Since then, PaRR Inspections has "performed over a million inspections in many states and U.S. Territories around the world." 
PaRR Inspections was recently "awarded a contract for the 'Management and Performance of Housing Inspection Services in Disaster Areas Nationwide.'" 
"Rather than have an army of housing inspectors on the government payroll year-round, FEMA pays two private companies to train and hire inspectors: Alltech Inc. of Herndon, Va.; and Partnership for Response & Recovery, or PaRR Inspections, of Fairfax, Va." 
About PaRR Inspections
"The FEMA Disaster Housing Program provides grants for primary residents (owners and renters) whose houses have been damaged as a result of a disaster and who have inadequate or no insurance coverage. These grants are for alternate housing rentals and/or home repairs to restore the home to a safe, sanitary, and secure condition. The grants may include the reimbursement of temporary accommodations incurred as a result of the disaster.
"Housing Inspection Services involve collecting and reporting required information from applicants whose houses have been damaged by disasters. A wide range of information is collected during the inspection, e.g., physical damage to the house, ownership, occupancy, insurance, personal property losses, recommendations on mitigation measures, and other essential information regarding disaster-related expenses and/or existing needs. FEMA then determines the type and amount of financial assistance to give to the applicants based on the information that is collected and recorded on pen-based computers by PaRR Inspectors during physical home inspections."
Source: PaRR Inspections "About".
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- Sally Kestin, Megan O'Matzand Luis F. Perez, "Training for FEMA inspectors often brief," Florida Sun-Sentinel, October 31, 2005.
- Melissa Harris, "FEMA inspectors will face review of hurricane-damage claims," Orlando Sentinel (Florida Sun-Sentinel), November 11, 2004.
- Megan O'Matz and Sally Kestin, "FEMA's inspectors included criminals. The US Government Continues to Employ Criminals at Every Level," Florida Sun-Sentinel, April 24, 2005.
- David Kidwell and Jack Dolan, "Quality checks led to FEMA firings. About 4 percent of the 3,500 federal hurricane inspectors contracted by FEMA in Florida were fired after last year's storms," The Miami Herald, May 15, 2005: "More than 130 federal hurricane inspectors, including one who was drinking on the job, three who made inappropriate romantic overtures to storm victims and nine who filed fraudulent claims on damages they never saw, were fired last year after the four storms that pummeled Florida."