Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff on Wednesday defended FEMA’s decision to extend former director Michael Brown’s post-resignation employment by another 30 days.
“It’s important to allow the new people who have the responsibility … to have access to the information we need to do better,” Chertoff told The Associated Press as he flew to view Hurricane Wilma’s damage in Florida.
“We don’t want to sacrifice the real ability to get a full picture of Mike’s experiences; we don’t want to sacrifice that ability simply in order to make an image point,” Chertoff said.
…Rep. Gene Taylor, D-Miss., whose coastal district was among the hardest hit by Katrina, said the contract extension is an insult to taxpayers, particularly those Gulf Coast residents “whose lives were in danger in the aftermath of that storm because of Mike Brown’s incompetence.”
“I’ve got tens of thousands of people living in two-man igloo tents tonight, and less than a quarter of the people who have asked for FEMA travel trailers have gotten them,” Taylor said. “And at the same time they can find $140,000 a year to pay this incompetent son of a gun; that’s ridiculous.”
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