FEMA's Brown Steps Down

SEPTEMBER 12, 2005 - Posted at 3:58 p.m. CDT

WASHINGTON - Just three days after he was removed from the on-site command of the federal hurricane relief effort, Mike Brown is resigning as director of the Federal Emergency Managment Agency.

He tells The Associated Press his resignation is "in the best interest of the agency and best interest of the president."

Brown has been the target of much of the criticism of the federal relief agency.  His qualifications for the job, and even his claim about his background, have been questioned.

Brown says in the hurricane relief effort, "the focus has got to be on FEMA, what the people are trying to do down there."

He says he wants to "get the media focused on the good things that are going on."

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