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 Russ Knocke - “The American public will be hearing from us, in short order, about how we intend to build the capability of FEMA into a 21st century agency, focusing on the agency's core response and recovery mission.”
 Russ Knocke - “We're very close, and we hope to be able to be talking more about this with the public in the very near term.”
 Russ Knocke - “Like any relationship, you recognize you can always find ways to grow and strengthen those ties, and we've been interested in doing so. We hope to move on it very quickly.”
 Russ Knocke - “no indication of a nexus to terrorism.”
 Russ Knocke - “A this time there are no plans to adjust the terror alert level.”
 Russ Knocke - “There are no plans to raise the threat level at this time. These are rumors.”
 Russ Knocke - “At this point of time, we continue to move forward.”
 Russ Knocke - “It is testament to the generosity of the American people - a lot of people wanted to contribute, ... But there is not really any way of knowing at this time if or whether individual offers were plugged into the response and recovery operation.”
 Russ Knocke - “We really don't have much time to be rearranging the 'org' chart.”
 Russ Knocke - “It's time to stop playing with (organizational) charts. We're intensely focused on the coming storm season.”
 Russ Knocke - “It's really time to stop playing with the organizational chart and realize it's time to start focusing on what governments at all levels are doing to prepare for the fast-approaching storm season.”
 Russ Knocke - “It is time to stop playing around with organizational charts and start focusing on how governments at all levels are preparing for the fast-approaching storm season.”
 Russ Knocke - “It's time to stop playing around with the organizational charts and to start focusing on government, at all levels, that are preparing for this storm season.”
 Russ Knocke - “Apart from its obvious errors, it displays a significant misunderstanding of core aspects of the Katrina response that could have easily been corrected in the most basic conversations with DHS leaders.”
 Russ Knocke - “there is an extraordinarily high number of reporting requirements.”
 Russ Knocke - “A cursory phone call to DHS would have revealed that the catastrophic annex is designed for 'no-notice' or 'short-notice' events, where no personnel or supplies have been pre-positioned, which was clearly not the case in Katrina.”
 Russ Knocke - “Since 911, as a nation, our preparedness has increased dramatically. We need to ensure that in major metropolitan areas, preparedness is an all-hazards preparedness. So we're going to have a look at these individual plans to ensure they reflect that.”
 Russ Knocke - “We are making substantial progress in implementing several core management initiatives, including strategic management of human capital, competitive sourcing, improved financial performance, expanded electronic government, and budget and performance integration.”
 Russ Knocke - “We are making substantial progress in implementing several core management initiatives, including strategic management of human capital, competitive sourcing, improved financial performance, expanded electronic government and budget and performance integration.”
 Russ Knocke - “Out of an abundance of caution, there are a variety of reasons why the U.S. government would not want to disclose certain security measures and not make them available in the public domain for terrorists to exploit.”
 Russ Knocke - “We're the first to admit that there's more that we want to accomplish. But I think it's disingenuous to make the suggestion that somehow only marginal progress has been made.”
 Russ Knocke - “It's certainly not the case that the senior positions are rewards for political loyalty. There is experience in their background relevant for doing their jobs, whether in policy or management.”
 Russ Knocke - “hands-on experience that cannot be understated. Other leadership at FEMA brings particular skill sets -- policy management leadership, for example.”
 Russ Knocke - “We were already operating under the National Response Plan.”
 Russ Knocke - “There are certain evacuees who have been rescued from their nightmarish scenarios, and they have been taken to certain airports where they are waiting for airlifts and people are able to receive them, ... We are working more closely with state and local officials to develop a comprehensive plan while all the while airlifts from the New Orleans airport have continued.”

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