Resignation of Michael D. Brown as Head of FEMA
Statement by Michael D. Brown, Under Secretary of Department of Homeland Security Emergency Preparedness & Response and Director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency:
Release Date: September 12, 2005 Release Number: HQ-05-MBR
"Today I resigned as Director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency. As I told the President, it is important that I leave now to avoid further distraction from the ongoing mission of FEMA.
"It has been an honor and a privilege to serve this President and to work shoulder to shoulder with the hard working men and women of FEMA. They carry out an unusually difficult task under the harshest of circumstances. My respect for these dedicated professionals and this organization is unyielding.
"There is no other government agency that reaches people in a more direct way. It has been the best job in the world to help Americans in their darkest hours."
-- Under Secretary Michael D. Brown