Former FEMA Director Brown

By: AP
By: AP

Former FEMA director Michael Brown is blaming himself as well as state and local officials for the bungled handling of Hurricane Katrina.

Brown is set to testify Tuesday to a special House committee investigating the government's response to the Aug. 29 disaster.

Congressional aides from both parties say Brown claims he should have asked the Pentagon for help sooner. He's also blaming state and local officials for failing to order an immediate evacuation of New Orleans. Brown met with the Congressional aides yesterday.

Brown is continuing to work at the Federal Emergency Management Agency at full pay. His Sept. 12 resignation doesn't take effect for two more weeks.

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