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Brownie's off the payroll

Gee, maybe that giant sucking sound of FEMA removing money out of my wallet will decrease somewhat. (CNN):

Last month, Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said he extended Brown’s contract for an additional 30 days, until mid-November, to help the agency complete its review of the response to Katrina.

But Brown ended his contract early, said Knocke, responding to an inquiry about House Democratic demands to remove Brown from the payroll.

In a letter to President Bush on Wednesday, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, a California Democrat, and Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer of Maryland said Brown’s contract was “inexplicable and a gross waste of taxpayer dollars.”

“It is difficult to imagine anyone less qualified to assess FEMA’s failed response to Katrina and make recommendations for improving the agency,” they wrote.

Brown had said in an earlier interview about his extended work that he was “motivated to wrap it up.”

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