FEMA Keeps Brown On

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The head of Homeland Security is defending a decision to continue the employment of ex-FEMA director Michael Brown for another 30 days.

Michael Chertoff tells The Associated Press it's important to let the new people get the full scope of Brown's experience.

Brown resigned as director last month. He'd come under fire for his handling of the Hurricane Katrina disaster, and was relieved of his onsite command by Chertoff. FEMA is now part of Chertoff's department.

Brown was allowed to stay on the FEMA payroll for 30 days at his annual salary of 148-thousand-dollars. Recently, the agency extended his contract for another 30 days.