From Knight Ridder:
Despite ample warning of an impending catastrophe, the federal government bungled its response to Hurricane Katrina because of a void of leadership and confusion about who was in charge, an independent investigation ordered by Congress has found.
The Government Accountability Office, the investigatory arm of Congress, in a preliminary report to be released Wednesday faulted Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff and his designee, former Federal Emergency Management Agency chief Michael Brown, for not filling a crucial “leadership role during Hurricane Katrina.”
That void “serves to underscore the immaturity of and weaknesses relating to the current national response framework,” according to a copy of the report obtained Tuesday evening by Knight Ridder.
I’ll write more when the full report is posted online.