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||How Reliable Is Brown's Resume?
When President Bush nominated Michael Brown to head the Federal Emergency
Management Agency (FEMA) in 2003, Brown's boss at the time, Joe Allbaugh,
declared, "the President couldn't have chosen a better man to help...prepare
and protect the nation." But how well was he prepared for the job?
- Brown was an "assistant to the
city manager" from 1977 to 1980, not a manager himself, and had no authority
over other employees. "The assistant is more like an intern,"
- He was a student
at Central State University
- raises questions about how rigorously
the White House vetted him before putting him in charge of FEMA
- Brown "wasn't a professor
here, he was only a student here,"
- As for the honor of "Outstanding Political Science
Professor," Johnson says, "I spoke with the department chair yesterday and
he's not aware of it."
||Leaders Lacking Disaster Experience
- [Politicians think (and focus on) that good campaign operatives are
good policy-makers in general. No, they continue to focus on how to win political
campaigns not solve social and ecnomomic problems.]
- [So much for appointing the best of the best of the best]
- Five of eight top Federal Emergency Management Agency officials came
to their posts with virtually no experience in handling disasters
- FEMA's top three leaders -- Director Michael D. Brown, Chief of Staff
Patrick J. Rhode and Deputy Chief of Staff Brooks D. Altshuler -- arrived
with ties to President Bush's 2000 campaign or to the White House advance
operation, according to the agency
- Because of the turnover, three of the five FEMA chiefs for
natural-disaster-related operations and nine of 10 regional directors are
working in an acting capacity, agency officials said.
- In its list of best places to work in the government, a 2004 survey
by the American Federation of Government Employees found that of 84 career
FEMA professionals who responded, only 10 people ranked agency leaders excellent
- An additional 28 said the leadership was fair and 33 called it
- More than 50 said they would move to another agency if they could
remain at the same pay grade, and 67 ranked the agency as poorer since its
merger into the Department of Homeland Security
||Lawmakers Fault FEMA on Trailers
- FEMA "ignored, hid and manipulated government research on the potential
impact of long-term exposure to formaldehyde"
- "Honest scientific studies don't start with the conclusion, and then
work backwards from there,"
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