New Orleans –
(AP) - A think tank is calling for a legislative
change that would authorize a presidential appointee to take charge
of the government's response to major disasters like Hurricane
A report released Tuesday by the Rockefeller Institute of
Government urges Congress to amend the Stafford Act and create a
position for an "officer-in-charge" who reports directly to the
president after a "megadisaster."
The report says Katrina demonstrated the need for having a
strong, independent leader in charge of coordinating federal, state
and local governments' response to a disaster.
The institute is the public policy research arm of the State
University of New York. Its report is the product of a three-year
study of how Gulf Coast governments responded to the August 2005
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