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February 1, 2006

New GAO report criticizes DHS response to Katrina

Filed under: DHS News,Preparedness and Response — by Christian Beckner on February 1, 2006

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.

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Comment by Claire B. Rubin

February 1, 2006 @ 2:12 pm

http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d06365r.pdf

URL for GAO report today.

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