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On March 4, 2009, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano announced that Jason R. McNamara will serve as the Chief of Staff for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Mr. McNamara, a former FEMA program analyst, most recently served as a senior official in Dewberry’s Emergency Management, Disaster and Mitigation Services Group. Dewberry is a construction and consulting firm that has received over $1.3 billion in DHS contracts since 2000 – many of which were FEMA Hurricane Katrina contracts. It is not clear whether the White House approved an ethics waiver to limit Mr. McNamara’s ability to influence FEMA contracts for his old firm, but it appears that he is already working at FEMA.
More from Ken Silverstein:
Perspective — October 23, 2013, 8:00 am
How pro-oil Louisiana politicians have shaped American environmental policy
Postcard — October 16, 2013, 8:00 am
A trip to one of the properties at issue in Louisiana’s oil-pollution lawsuits
Estimated cost of the environmental damage caused each year by the world’s 3,000 largest companies:
Two thirds of U.S. teenagers experience uncontrollable rage.
Beekeepers began extracting 1 million honeybees living beneath the siding of a house in New York State.
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“Shelby is waiting for something. He himself does not know what it is. When it comes he will either go back into the world from which he came, or sink out of sight in the morass of alcoholism or despair that has engulfed other vagrants.”