'Two months before Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast, the Inspector General of the
Department of Homeland Security warned FEMA that its systems for managing the personnel
and equipment dispatched to disaster sites were inadequate. According to the report, FEMA's
information management systems were overwhelmed by the four hurricanes that struck Florida
in 2004. Instead of committing to remedy the problems that the report identified, FEMA
Director Michael Brown disputed nearly all its findings. Mr. Brown claimed that FEMA systems
were “highly performing” and “well managed.”'