Report: FEMA head deliberately ignored national disaster plan
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By SPENCER HSU
The New York Sun (New York)
WASHINGTON, D.C. ó The former head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Michael Brown, deliberately ignored a new national disaster plan and circumvented his boss, the homeland security secretary, Michael Chertoff, in trying to manage the federal response to Hurricane Katrina directly with the White House, according to a new House report.
By disregarding the National Response Plan, finished in 2004, Mr. Brown deprived "the nation of an opportunity to determine whether the NRP worked," the House investigation concludes in an addendum to its February 15 report, "A Failure of Initiative,'' scheduled for release today.