Bush nominates Paulison to be FEMA chief


WASHINGTON (AP) – With hurricane season just months away, President Bush on Thursday nominated the acting director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency to be permanent head of the nation’s disaster response agency.

R. David Paulison, a 30-year firefighter, took over at FEMA in September, when Bush named him to replace Michael Brown, who quit in the face of unrelenting criticism over the agency’s sluggish response to Hurricane Katrina.

If confirmed by the Senate, Paulison would be undersecretary for federal emergency management at the Homeland Security Department. Paulison currently is acting undersecretary for emergency preparedness and response.

Paulison, 59, began as a firefighter in 1971 with the North Miami Beach Fire Department, which was absorbed by the Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department.