FEMA director removed from relief efforts

Sept. 9, 2005 at 2:15 PM

BATON ROUGE, La., Sept. 9 (UPI) -- Federal Emergency Management Director Michael D. Brown, under fire for his agency's slow response to Hurricane Katrina, has been relieved of relief duties.

Brown came under increasing scrutiny Friday after Time magazine questioned the accuracy of his resume that said he once severed as an "assistant city manager with emergency services oversight" in Edmond, Okla.

A city spokesman said Brown worked as "an assistant to the city manager" in the 1970s in more of an internship position.

Brown retains his job as FEMA director but was replaced as head of the Gulf Coast hurricane relief efforts by Coast Guard Vice Adm. Thad Allen, CNN reported.

Brown was recalled to Washington from Baton Rouge, La., by his boss U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff.

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