FEMA's Toxic Bureaucracy Holds Back Aid

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Nearly four years after Katrina, a CBS News Investigation has uncovered that the Louisiana Transitional Recovery Office, FEMA's main presence in New Orleans, is described as a disaster itself.

CBS News chief investigative correspondent Armen Keteyian spoke exclusively with current and former employees who reveal complaints by staff members that include discrimination, intimidation and harassment. They further allege that gross mismanagement in the office is delaying the recovery of the gulf coast even further.

Watch the full CBS News Investigation tonight on the CBS Evening News with Katie Couric.

The report is part of a series of CBS News Investigations into FEMA which include:

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