FEMA head relieved of duties
Saturday, September 10, 2005
The U.S. Secretary of , , announced from , Louisiana on Friday that Vice Admiral will replace the (FEMA) director as the Principal Federal Official (PFO) for the recovery effort; however, Mr. Brown will continue as the Director of FEMA.
Admiral Allen was given the assignment of special deputy to Mr. Brown earlier this week. Secretary Chertoff now describes Allen as, "the Principal Federal Official overseeing the Hurricane Katrina response and recovery effort in the field."
Mr. Brown, who came under intense pressure for government failures to provide timely assistance to disaster victims of, was ordered back to and relieved of his duties in the . His immediate FEMA role now will be for its national administration. The personnel change results in FEMA's local effort now being headed-up by military leadership, instead of civilian. However, Admiral Allen's Deputy (the number two federal offiicial in the field) is a civilian.
The Coast Guard came under the homeland's security umbrella in 2003. Allen, a career Coast Guard officer, was in charge of its Atlantic forces fleet during the terroristattack in New York City in 2001.
Mr. Brown, who was hailed last week by OK from 1975 to 1978, along with being awarded "Outstanding Political Science Professor" at the Central State University in Oklahoma, both have come under fire in a report by magazine two days ago. Critics question how thorough the White House was in its vetting Brown for the FEMA assignment., "Brownie, you're doing a heck of a job," was nominated by Bush himself to head FEMA in 2003. Recent allegations that credentials Brown listed on his resume prior to employment at FEMA, which began in 2001, that said he worked in emergency services for the city of ,
When commenting about Mr. Brown last Friday, Senator
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