Acting Administrator Pete Gaynor Tapped by Trump to Lead FEMA

Gaynor had been the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s acting administrator since March 2019 after the resignation of Brock Long, who was besieged by calls of improper personal use of government vehicles.

by Staff report / September 27, 2019
President Donald Trump, left, listens as Kenneth Graham, director of NOAA's National Hurricane Center, on screen, gives an update during a briefing about Hurricane Dorian at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Sunday, Sept. 1, 2019, in Washington, at right of Trump is Acting Administrator Pete Gaynor, Federal Emergency Management Agency, and acting White House chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler, and Neil Jacobs, Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Environmental Observation and Prediction. AP

President Donald Trump Thursday announced that Pete Gaynor, FEMA’s acting administrator, would permanently head the agency, according to a report by Politico.

Gaynor had been acting director since March 2019, following the resignation of Brock Long, who stepped down because of his personal use of government vehicles.

The White House pulled the nomination of Jeffrey Byard this month as his Senate confirmation seemed in jeopardy because of his involvement in an alleged altercation.


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