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President TrumpDonald John TrumpStates fight Trump rollback of Obama lightbulb rules Authorities investigating shooting near Trump resort in Florida Trump: 'China is dreaming' Biden, other Dems get elected MORE on Monday formally nominated Jeffrey Byard to serve as the head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, three months after the previous administrator resigned.
Trump indicated in February plans to put Byard's name forward for the job to replace Brock Long, who resigned that same month amid an internal ethics investigation and criticism over the administration's handling of its response to Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.
Prior to joining FEMA, he worked for the Alabama Emergency Management Agency, where he led the state evacuation during Hurricane Gustav and response and recovery operations following the Deep Water Horizon Oil Spill.
If confirmed by the Senate, Byard would oversee national disaster recovery efforts under the auspices of the Department of the Homeland Security.
During Trump's tenure, the administration has had to grapple with numerous natural disasters, including hurricanes that devastated Puerto Rico, Florida, Texas and North Carolina, wildfires that ravaged California and widespread flooding in states across the Midwest.
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