WASHINGTON, March 4 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The announcement of Craig Fugate to head up FEMA couldn't have come at a better time, American Federation of Government Employees National President John Gage said today in response to President Obama's announcement of intent to name Fugate FEMA administrator.
"The recent sexual harassment and retaliation scandal in the Louisiana FEMA office was just the tip of the iceberg," said Leo Bosner, chief steward of AFGE FEMA Local 4060. "FEMA is rife with corruption and mismanagement, and our best employees continue to be discouraged and driven out by this.
"This is an agency still suffering from a failure in leadership, the heavy influence of political appointees, a lack of strategic direction and coordination, poor and unqualified management, over-reliance on contractors, undervaluation of employees, hostile work environments, wasteful spending, duplication of effort, and a systemic failure across the agency to integrate proven principles and concepts of emergency and incident management into programs and operations," the Local wrote in its recent report, Shattering the Illusion of FEMA's Progress.
"AFGE gets more complaints than ever from the employees, and we now have a half-dozen major grievances pending arbitration," Bosner said. "FEMA is desperately in need of strong, experienced leadership to get us back on track, and we believe that Craig Fugate is the one to do this.
"How soon can he get here? Tell him to give me a call if he needs a ride from the airport. I'll pick him up myself," Bosner added.