Joe Allbaugh resigns from FEMA
Joe Allbaugh tendered his resignation as Director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), effective March 1.
He has been FEMA director since February 2001, and prior service includes President Bush’s national campaign manager in 2000 and chief-of-staff in Texas from 1995-2000.
By the time of his departure, he will have worked for Bush for nine years.
Most visibly, he has been President Bush’s personal representative following the Sept. 11 attacks. Allbaugh immediately made federal resources available to New York City and Arlington County, offering them trained incident commanders, Urban Search and Rescue Teams and the resources of 26 federal agencies under the Federal Response Plan.
Allbaugh said he wants to explore other opportunities in the private sector and spend more time with his wife and children.