The 64-year-old Texan and major backer of President Bush will succeed U.S. Coast Guard Vice Adm. Thad Allen. Allen will transition out of his short-term role by the end of the year under the plan announced in a release Tuesday from Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff.
Allen has led frontline Gulf Coast recovery since replacing former Federal Emergency Management Agency Director Michael Brown -- the lightning rod for criticism of the government's disaster response, The Washington Post said.
As federal hurricane recovery coordinator, Powell will oversee "mid and long-term recovery and rebuilding plans" and report to Chertoff.
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