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The count: months without a FEMA director




Hurricane season began last week, but there's no one in charge permanently at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), which is tasked with coordinating response for major disasters that affect the U.S. Since former FEMA Director Craig Fugate departed in January, around the time of the inauguration of President Donald Trump, the office has been headed by acting administrator Robert Fenton.

  In April, Trump nominated Brock Long, a veteran of the Alabama Emergency Management Agency, for the position of FEMA director, but Long has yet to be confirmed by the Senate. Fugate isn't concerned about the situation, though. He told NPR last week, "The bigger challenge is longer term, is setting the tone and direction of the agency; being able to represent the agency in the policy discussions at the highest level of government."

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