White House orders FEMA to grant $96 million no-bid contract to AirBoss


In the spring of 2020 the Trump administration pushed FEMA to award more than $760 million in contracts, bypassing the usual bidding process. The largest of these was a White House-ordered March $96 million no-bid contract to AirBoss of America for 100,000 powered respirators and filters for medical workers treating patients in New York for delivery in July. More than a quarter of the federal government’s more than 2,000 orders worth nearly $2.5 billion were signed without competitive bidding.


Writer: J. David McSwane and Yeganeh Torbati
Publication: ProPublica