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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
Number of African countries with vaccination rates higher than that of the United States:
Iowa urologists reported that only a minor portion of locker-room teasing arises from “the presence of excess foreskin”; most teasing targets small penises.
A farmer in Surrey, England, was ordered by the Reigate and Banstead Borough Council to tear down his cannon-equipped castle, which he had built secretly and then concealed behind hay bales.
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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.”