A spokesman for Louisiana's governor is denying charges made by ex-FEMA director Michael Brown.
Brown tells the New York Times that Louisiana authorities were "out of control" and that Governor Kathleen Blanco's staffers were unable to organize a response to the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
Brown, who resigned after being stripped of authority in the disaster, tells the Times that the White House was not to blame for the government's slow response.
He's quoted as saying that he made a "blur of calls" to the White House but an administration official reportedly responded that Brown didn't sound the same alarms he says he did in the interview.
Governor Blanco told lawmakers at a special meeting of the legislature that she is taking "full responsibility" for the failures and missteps.
But a spokesman says Brown's latest assertions are "totally inaccurate."