October 30, 2007 |
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.
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.
November 15, 2006 |
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.
May 26, 2006 |
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.
May 27, 2006 |
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.
April 23, 2007 |
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.