I was caught by this article. It appears that sucking up to the Trump administration has spread (or maybe this is just me belatedly noticing).
Briefly, a tiny Montana firm (run by a friend of the Secretary of the Interior) has gotten a no-bid, $300 million contract contract to re-build Puerto Rico's power system. As of two weeks before the hurricane, it had two (2!) employees -- plus some contractors.
Shortly before Maria ravaged Puerto Rico, Whitefish landed its largest [second] federal contract, a $1.3 million deal to replace and upgrade parts of a 4.8-mile transmission line in Arizona. The company – which was listed in procurement documents as having annual revenue of $1 million – was given 11 months to complete the work, records show.
Obviously they are well qualified to rebuild a system which has 2,400 miles of transmission lines across the island, and 30,000 miles of distribution lines with 300 substations. So well qualified that there is no reason to activate the mutual aid process which has been used by systems in Texas, Florida, etc. with great success.
But apparently it's not what you know, it's who you know. Or who you are known to know, that the local authority feels the need to keep happy. To the tune of $300 million dollars.