Senate Committee Okays Nominations for FEMA, ICE

By Joseph Straw

The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs committee has approved President Barack Obama’s nominations to head the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

FEMA appointee W. Craig Fugate is a former local firefighter and director of the Florida Division of Emergency Management, while ICE designee John T. Morton is a trial attorney and career official at the Department of Justice, currently serving as Acting Deputy Assistant Attorney General of the Criminal Division.

The two nominations head to the full Senate for consideration and expected approval.

Committee Chairman U.S. Sen. Joseph Lieberman (I-CT) said Fugate “has provided strong leadership, helping guide the state of Florida and relevant local governments through a range of challenges, including several devastating and deadly hurricanes…everything I know of his record suggests he is an excellent choice for this job.”

Morton’s “extensive work experience at the Department of Justice makes him uniquely qualified to lead the agency at this pivotal period in its history,” Lieberman said.

Fugate spoke to Security Management last year about his agency’s aggressive approach to emergency management, which garnered national attention, contributing to his selection to head FEMA.


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