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June 9, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
R. David Paulison promised "to make America proud" of FEMA as he was sworn in as chief of the agency that bore the brunt of the blame for the government's sluggish response to Hurricane Katrina. Paulison, acting director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency since September, was confirmed by the Senate on May 26.
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June 9, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
R. David Paulison promised "to make America proud" of FEMA as he was sworn in as chief of the agency that bore the brunt of the blame for the government's sluggish response to Hurricane Katrina. Paulison, acting director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency since September, was confirmed by the Senate on May 26.
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April 7, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
With hurricane season just two months away, President Bush nominated the acting director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency to be permanent head of the nation's disaster response agency. R. David Paulison took over at FEMA in September, when Bush named him to replace Michael D. Brown, who quit in the face of strong criticism over the agency's sluggish response to Hurricane Katrina. If confirmed by the Senate, Paulison will become undersecretary for federal emergency management.
NATIONAL
May 26, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Angry over FEMA's flood insurance program, a senator said late Thursday that he would block the confirmation of R. David Paulison as the agency's chief in the latest hitch in the push for his approval before the start of the hurricane season June 1. A spokesman for Sen. Jim Bunning (R-Ky.) said the senator would delay a vote on Paulison's confirmation until the Federal Emergency Management Agency develops a suitable appeals process for property owners whose flood insurance claims are rejected.
NATIONAL
May 26, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Angry over FEMA's flood insurance program, a senator said late Thursday that he would block the confirmation of R. David Paulison as the agency's chief in the latest hitch in the push for his approval before the start of the hurricane season June 1. A spokesman for Sen. Jim Bunning (R-Ky.) said the senator would delay a vote on Paulison's confirmation until the Federal Emergency Management Agency develops a suitable appeals process for property owners whose flood insurance claims are rejected.
NATIONAL
October 30, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
The man who oversaw a fake Federal Emergency Management Agency news conference is out of a job. John P. Philbin, FEMA's now-retired external affairs director, was to take over public affairs for Director of National Intelligence Michael J. McConnell. But after Philbin's involvement in staging the fake event, McConnell withdrew the job offer. FEMA administrator R. David Paulison called the phony news briefing "an egregious decision" by Philbin and his staff.
OPINION
November 3, 2006
Re "GOP at a loss? Karl Rove has an 11th-hour plan to win," Oct. 29 The Times' argument that White House political advisor Karl Rove has the ability to direct the actions of the Federal Emergency Management Agency is incorrect. The article also illustrates a fundamental misunderstanding of FEMA's role in disasters and the timeline under which it operates. In the case of the recent Buffalo snowstorm, where The Times says Rove played a pivotal role, FEMA was asked by the New York governor to issue an emergency declaration, which the agency promptly did. FEMA dispatched dozens of staff from its office in New York City to operations centers in both Buffalo and Albany on the first day of the disaster.
NATIONAL
November 15, 2006 | Ann M. Simmons, Times Staff Writer
Hundreds of modular homes purchased by the Federal Emergency Management Agency for people left homeless by hurricanes Katrina and Rita were damaged beyond repair while in storage because they were not properly protected, according to a government report. Units worth a total ranging from $3 million to $4 million will have to be written off, Homeland Security Inspector General Richard L. Skinner writes in a report to FEMA Director R. David Paulison.
BUSINESS
April 23, 2007 | From the Associated Press
FEMA exposed taxpayers to significant waste -- and possibly violated federal law -- by awarding $3.6 billion worth of Hurricane Katrina contracts to companies with poor credit histories and bad paperwork, investigators say. The new report by the Homeland Security Department's office of inspector general, expected to be released this week, examines the propriety of 36 trailer contracts designated for small and local businesses in the stricken Gulf Coast region following the 2005 storm.
NATIONAL
May 27, 2006 | From the Associated Press
White House aide Brett M. Kavanaugh won Senate confirmation as an appellate judge Friday after a three-year wait, a new victory for President Bush in his drive to place a more conservative stamp on the nation's courts. Bush said Kavanaugh would be "a brilliant, thoughtful and fair-minded judge." Confirmed on a 57-36 vote, Kavanaugh had been warmly praised by Republicans but widely opposed by Democrats, who had briefly threatened to filibuster his nomination to the U.S.
NATIONAL
April 7, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
With hurricane season just two months away, President Bush nominated the acting director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency to be permanent head of the nation's disaster response agency. R. David Paulison took over at FEMA in September, when Bush named him to replace Michael D. Brown, who quit in the face of strong criticism over the agency's sluggish response to Hurricane Katrina. If confirmed by the Senate, Paulison will become undersecretary for federal emergency management.
NATIONAL
August 11, 2007 | Claudia Lauer, Times Staff Writer
washington -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency will offer to buy back trailers purchased from FEMA after Hurricane Katrina, because of concerns over formaldehyde levels, according to an internal memo by Director R. David Paulison. "FEMA will refund the purchase price of any recreational vehicle sold, within the last 12 months, directly to an occupant, upon repossession of the unit," Paulison wrote in the preliminary directive.
NATIONAL
August 1, 2006 | Noam N. Levey, Times Staff Writer
Even as he continued to grapple with ongoing Middle East violence, President Bush on Monday used a visit to South Florida to focus attention on his domestic agenda, touting free trade, low taxes and his vision for new immigration laws as cornerstones of a strong economy. "One of the jobs of government is to put policy in place that encourages the entrepreneurial spirit to flourish," Bush said on the Miami Beach waterfront, talking up his program to bolster economic growth.
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