Friday, September 09, 2005

One down. One to go.

Never underestimate the power of fhb. An hour and 1/2 after posting the Time story below...

FEMA's Brown Removed From Hurricane Katrina Recovery (Update1)

Sept. 9 (Bloomberg) -- Michael Brown, the director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, was removed from on-scene oversight of the Hurricane Katrina recovery effort after lawmakers criticized his performance and qualifications.

Michael Chertoff, secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, named Thad Allen, Coast Guard chief of staff, to replace Brown in overseeing the recovery from the worst natural disaster in U.S. history. Allen was named Brown's deputy four days ago. Brown, 50, will return to Washington, Chertoff said.

``I have directed Mike Brown to return to administering FEMA nationally,'' Chertoff said at a press conference in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. ``Mike Brown has done everything he possibly could to coordinate'' the federal response to the hurricane, he said.

ABC News reported that Brown is also expected to leave FEMA soon, citing people it didn't identify.

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