FEMA Chief of Staff’s Conflict of Interest
President Barack Obama’s pledge to maintain a high ethical standard in his administration hasn’t stopped the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) from employing a former top executive from a major FEMA contractor to serve as the agency’s lead administrative official. Jason McNamara was hired in April to be FEMA’s chief of staff, responsible for implementing top priorities and policies and running day-to-day operations, after working for Dewberry’s Emergency Management, Disaster and Mitigation Services Group. Dewberry, a construction and consulting firm, has received more than $1.3 billion in Department of Homeland Security contracts since 2000, many of which were for FEMA-related work in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.
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