Criticism for Katrina response was deserved, Homeland Security says
By LARA JAKES JORDAN
The Associated Press
WASHINGTON, D.C. ó Widespread criticism of the U.S. government's sluggish response to Hurricane Katrina was largely deserved, the Homeland Security Department's internal watchdog concludes in a report rapping the agency for focusing on terrorism at the expense of preparing for natural disasters.
The report by Inspector General Richard L. Skinner, to be released Friday, includes 38 recommendations for improving disaster response missions by the department and its Federal Emergency Management Agency.