Mary Tutwiler

Homeland Security Secretary orders review of Katrina recovery

by Mary Tutwiler

Janet Napolitano, President Obama’s newly appointed secretary of Homeland Security, issued an “active directive”, ordering “an immediate review of what additional steps are needed to fully implement the 2006 post-Katrina emergency Management Reform Act,” the Times Picayune reports today. Napolitano isn’t wasting time, she wants an oral report by Feb. 9 and a final report on Feb. 23. The TP story also cites a short list for FEMA administrators, including retired Army Lt. General Russel Honore, who made a lasting impression on residents of the state for his effectiveness during the immediate recovery after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.