Dan Craig (Credit: FEMA News Photo/Greg Schaler)
President Donald Trump’s nominee for a top position at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) withdrew from consideration after questions were raised about a federal investigation regarding falsified government travel and timekeeping records, as well as ethical behavior about his work after Hurricane Katrina.
Daniel A. Craig told NBC News on Wednesday that he would no longer pursue the job as deputy FEMA administrator, the second highest position in the agency. “Given the distraction this will cause the Agency in a time when they cannot afford to lose focus, I have withdrawn from my nomination,” he wrote in an email.
A joint investigation by the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General was launched to determine whether or not Craig violated conflict of interest laws, and whether he profited off of FEMA’s lackluster response to the devastating 2005 hurricane. Craig was the director of recovery for the agency from 2003 to 2005.
The 2011 report was never made public, but Craig was “allegedly exploiting his position as FEMA’s director of recovery for personal gain,” NBC reported, after having reviewed the report. “At the time, the agency was giving $100 million contracts …read more