Thursday, March 30, 2006

FEMA: Still Dragging Its Feet

During our Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee hearing yesterday with FEMA acting Director R. David Paulison, Committee Chairman Harold Rogers (R-KY) threatened to block funding for any FEMA position that is not filled by the time the budget is prepared. The agency is still only operating at 73% of its authorized staffing level despite significant public criticism over its performance. To top it off, four of the 10 division chiefs and four of the 10 regional directors are serving in an "acting" or temporary capacity.

FEMA needs to stop dragging its feet and take its responsibility to protect this country seriously. Hurricane season is quickly approaching, and the agency simply cannot afford to make any more mistakes.