The Federal Emergency Management Agency, "registering its most strong objection," delivered 6,000 pages of internal audit records Friday to a House subcommittee whose chairman had threatened to cite agency officials for contempt of Congress.
The records, centering on a FEMA investigation into alleged misuse of government money by two minority contractors, were delivered to the House Science and Technology subcommittee on investigations after the panel had voted to subpoena them.
"FEMA continues to register its most strong objection to the release of these documents even as they are delivered to the subcommittee," Robert Goffus, the agency's inspector general, said in a letter delivered with the documents to Rep. Albert Gore Jr. (D-Tenn.), the panel's chairman.
Goffus pleaded with Gore to prevent the documents from being leaked to the media to ensure "that the investigation by my office can continue to completion without obstruction."
FEMA had refused to hand over the documents on grounds that their release could compromise internal audits that are turning up possible violations of the law in connection with two contracts for its training center in Emmitsburg, Md.
Gore said the panel is investigating "allegations of misuse of government funds and personnel, contract irregularities and misconduct by FEMA personel."