Fresh from the SPOT Watch:
AP: FEMA chief Michael Brown removed from role in Katrina efforts.
CNN is running this AP story:
Embattled FEMA Director Michael Brown is being sent back to Washington and a new leader has been picked to handle on-site Hurricane Katrina relief operations, a senior administration official tells CNN. The news came as officials in New Orleans reported that an initial sweep of the city found far fewer bodies than expected.
Honestly, this is some of the best news I’ve heard over the last week and a half. There were many doubts about Brown’s previous “experience”, including a bit I read about on BoingBoing this morning about “‘discrepancies’ in FEMA head Michael Brown’s resume”:
Before joining FEMA, his only previous stint in emergency management, according to his bio posted on FEMA’s website, was “serving as an assistant city manager with emergency services oversight.” The White House press release from 2001 stated that Brown worked for the city of Edmond, Okla., from 1975 to 1978 “overseeing the emergency services division.” In fact, according to Claudia Deakins, head of public relations for the city of Edmond, Brown was an “assistant to the city manager” from 1977 to 1980, not a manager himself, and had no authority over other employees.